Cher’s Still Got It

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A fantastic review from the Las Vegas Sun…..

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For years now, Cher has been essentially staging her own memorial service (one that she can’t resist showing up for, to see just how much everybody still loves her).

Way back when Celine was still singing in French, Cher pioneered the multimedia circus in the ’80s: Even before her recent rounds of endless “farewell tours,” a Cher show was a barrage of self-celebrating video montages, interrupted occasionally by songs, which were themselves mere excuses for a costume exhibition.

The much-ballyhooed new Cher show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace is more of the same, writ large. A pageant of new and vintage Bob Mackie costumes set to a greatest-hits concert (several spectacular examples are showcased, museum-style, in glass vitrines in the inner and outer lobbies at the Colosseum). A high-speed video catalog of classic outfit “reveals” receives some of the loudest applause of the evening — even before Cher steps on stage.

As she begins what could easily turn into an eternal reign at the Colosseum (she’s so far engaged for three years, rotating in and out with Bette Midler and Elton John), she provides everything you could want from a Cher show. She makes Cher sounds. She changes costumes and wigs after nearly every number (take your time, we’ll wait). There’s hair-tossing, hip-cocking, lip-licking, arm-crossing, eye-rolling, finger-snapping, skipping and sauntering.

Is it good?

Does it matter?

Unlike almost any other artist, Cher is immune to reviews. The singer-actress-tabloid magnet has taken a small vocal talent, a cluster of highly imitable idiosyncrasies and a few dozen skin-deep pop tunes and tongue deeply in cheek, turned them into a four-decade career.

(And face it, whatever anyone says, you’re going anyway, and all your friends and relatives are going to be begging you to score tickets.)

“This is a great show,” Cher herself assured the 4,300 at Tuesday night’s official press opening. “I don’t mean to be not humble, but it would be a great show even if I wasn’t in it.”

Would Cher lie to you? By the clock, she’s not even onstage for a good 30 minutes of her new, 90-minute Vegas distractaganza.

But no one really minded.

This is as good as Cher gets. No one expects Cher to bring new interpretive shadings or nuance to her hit parade, although on Tuesday her voice was notably deep, dark and strong (with all the attendant whinnies and bleats beloved and mocked by many).

A Cher performance is sui generis, an excuse for fans to bask in her fabulousness. And in a kindness to the “cheap seats ($95 and up), the onstage action is projected on the Colosseum’s colossal hi-resolution screen — a consideration several other divas have recently shied from.

So everyone can see Cher’s every expression. (All one of them.) She’s curvier, and it looks good on her. And just try to look away from that sculptural oval face, like a Modigliani sphinx — you may not even notice the ever-busy platoon of dancers and projection screens.

For all the hoo-hah surrounding her, the show looks rehearsed but still enjoyably loose and imperfect — as if it’s being performed by human beings. Cher seems relaxed, like she’s playing around with all her big toys. There’s no pretense but plenty of preposterousness (that’s how we like it and Cher knows it).

Cher at 62 is working smart. No sense exhausting herself by racing back and forth across the stage the way she used to in her touring days. She keeps her movements effectively minimal and economical — if she’s not being carted around in a Viking ship or (carefully) descending a spiral staircase, she pretty much stays put. At the center of her corps of 18 dancers, she executes minimal dance movements — a hip twitch, a shoulder dip — that are maximally effective.

The opening segment sees Cher entering her Imperial Period. She first appears as a singing hologram amid a shimmering laser pyramid, then descends from the rafters in an open ski gondola tricked out with an Aztec neon sunburst.

Longtime costumer Mackie outdoes himself in the first quarter, creating a collection of burnished metallics, feathers, short boots and beaded fringes with touches of Thailand and Egypt. In these truly glorious (and still hilarious) getups, Cher is the fierce (and also ferosh) empress of a warlike, perhaps cannibalistic, ancient or futuristic kingdom.

That’s it for the experimentation. From then on, it’s back to candy-colored reruns of the eras of Cher — raven, auburn, blonde, platinum, aquamarine — from her hippy daze through the slick clownishness of “The Sonny and Cher Show,” to her latest reincarnation as a robo-voiced dance club diva.

Quibbles: Cher doesn’t speak enough. “This is the part in the show when I do this really funny monologue,” she said early on, and that was about it.

All the mandatory hits are present — you get “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Dark Lady,” and “The Way of Love” with the accompanying costumes (including, on “Half-Breed,” that spectacular floor-length feathered headdress and loincloth). And the (mostly-video) tribute to the late Sonny Bono is sweet. But the song selection is otherwise iffy, with why-bother cover versions of Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield” and Dylan-via-The Byrds “All I Really Want To Do.”

There are lots of dead spots during scenic and costume changes, covered with the now overfamiliar array of dancers and dangling acrobats and contortionists doing tame “erotic” maneuvers. These performers get points for smiling, and several deserved the applause they received. But could someone please invent some time-filling between-scenes business that’s not so Cirque-ular?

If anything, Cher’s show doesn’t go far-out enough. This is Vegas — they couldn’t spring for a naval cannon for “If I Could Turn Back Time?” (In an equivalent display of hydraulics and engineering, Cher did sport an age-adjusted version of the infamous black slingshot getup from that video.)

On Tuesday night, after a week of performances for the paying public, the show was still glitchy. After her entrance, two helmeted dance-warriors tried to hide their panic as they tried to unstrap Cher from what she called her “Barbie stand.” Later in the show, sliding doors refused to part, leaving Cher a disembodied voice, while her dancers covered admirably. (Colosseum stagehands should probably do a head count after each show.)

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Then again, maybe they should keep the flubs: Cher shrugs them off with a sleepy, slow blink of gold-lidded eyes and a smirk of magisterial amusement. And the audience cheers.

My nominee for the most thankless job in showbiz: that bare-chested guy in silver tights, suspended upside down on a trapeze, while platinum Cher sings “Believe” at the center of a blinding white cloud of feathers and glitter.

Hey dude, someone saw you up there.

Source: Las Vegas Sun

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24 Responses to Cher’s Still Got It

  1. val

    I flew to Vegas just for the concert. What a great performance. I am definately going back.

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  2. Franckey

    Tell us more Val! Was it the first time you saw Cher for real? What was she like? What was her voice/show/anything like??! What did you like best….OMG! I’m dying!

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  3. mauro

    espero que algun dia visite america latina especialmente argentina que la adoramoss saludos maurocher argentina

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  4. mauro

    espero que algun dia visite america latina especialmente argentina que la adoramoss saludos maurocher argentina

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  5. cher regreso con todo y les demostrara a esas divas de cuarta que la reina volvio¡¡
    besos¡¡

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  6. por cierto,estaria bueno que cher supiera que tiene millones de fans en la argentina¡¡
    la amamos¡¡
    please cher ven a la argentina¡¡

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  7. Richard

    Give this beautiful women a break. She turns 62 in a week and she is great. The show has just started and she is doing all she can to make it right. I read on this site that she is fine tuning it to make up for mistakes. My hat is off to you Cher , regardless of the critics you have done some wonderful things in your life. The only thing that I see wrong is the seats are from 98-225.00 which is a deal but now tickets front to seven’t row are 1819.00 which is outragest. Ticket people sure love the greed of money.

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  8. Franckey

    Richard…I too saw numbers like 1200…but it was for 2 tickets!! :) And 1800 for 3 tickets…and so on…So maybe you didn’t see correctly. Even Barbra Streisand doesn’t charge such fares!

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  9. Hey Cher, can’t wait to come and see you next year. By hook or by crook I will get there if I have to swim across from England. No, not really, I think a plane springs to mind! Great going. You are brilliant, will always be so and every single person out there has teething problems at the beginning of anything. You go girl. Jan – U.K.

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  10. I wish video clips would be released! So exciting!

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  11. silvana

    CHER, no te mueras nunca!!!!
    diosa total
    que venga a la Argentina
    las estrellas no tienen edad

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  12. Vince

    i love you, Cher!

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  13. Rosie

    Has cher still got it??
    duhhhh of course she has! she is the one and only diva and allways will be
    luv u cher!! xxxxxxx

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  14. silvana

    POR FAVOR , publiquen mas fotos de cher en el Coliseo. Que amarretes, ponen una foto cada mil años. Los que no podemos ir, por lo menos tenemos las fotos. y en you tube, no hay un solo video del nuevo concierto!. Que malos que son eh!!

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  15. BIZARRO-BOY

    PLEASE CHER IN YOUR musical repertoire, starting with another entry, and sing more songs Believe LIVING PROOF, AND STARS, AND MAN IN THE WORLD !!!!!!

    PLISSSSSSSSSS sing other songs, do not use the same OTHER SHOW THAT IN THE DVD, will leave those of the Farewell Tour, and believe TOURRRRRRRRRR, AND LOVE YOU more songs sung by IT IF YOU ARE NOT You have very creative Peg

    CHER4EVERR!

    HUMAN, DOV L AMORE, STARS, LOVE ONE ANOTHER, LOVE IS THE GROOVE, RUNAWAY, TAXI TAXI, REAL LOVE, LOVE IS A LONELY PLACE WITHOUT YOU, THE MUSIC NO GOOD WITHOUT YOU ( THIS SONG IS AMAZING), DIFFRENT KIND OF LOVE SONG, MIRROR IMAGE, WHERE DO YOU GO, COME AND STAY WITCH ME, PLIS LISTEN YOUR FANSSSSSSS

    SINGIN other songs, PLISSSSSSSSS

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  16. Lauren

    THIS WAS THE MOST AMAZING SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN – CHER YOU ARE THE BEST AND YOU STILL HAVE IT – BODY, VOICE, FLAIR AND STYLE!

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  17. LORRAINE

    Visiting Las Vegas from Australia the main aim was to see Cher’s Show and it was totally spectacular – she has the energy of a 25 year old and a voice that defies description. Would love to see it again and hope that can be managed.

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  18. Dutra

    Bem, tenho 34 anos e moro no brasil, nunca terei a chance de ver este mito chamado cher, acompanho sua vida passo a passo, queria desejar felicidades a ela, aqui no brasil as noticias vem tudo errado nao consigo entender se ela esta doente mesmo ou nao, eu a amo isto sei, cher deus esta com voce pois voce traz alegria para todos, linda e maravilhosa…seu pudesse dizer isto pessoalmente mostraria o quanto amo voce.sei que este espa;o nao e para isto mas tinha que colocar isto. meu sonho seria conhecer voce ao vivo. sei que e impossivel, mas como voce eu sou tenho fe, voce e uma vencedora, beijos amor

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  19. eduardo

    I just want to say that I don’t think in CHER as a singer or as a actress I think in CHER as a GODDESS. Cher you are the only one and a true diva because you have talent beauty and you can act and sing.

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  20. angelo

    SIMPLEMENTE TE AMO CHER GRACIAS POR TODO I AM LOVE TO CHER.

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  21. Well, this is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.

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  22. Nice posting…………
    I love Cher,here i have found more information about it.So thank you.i am really excited …

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  23. Cher is a great woman! She is amazing, and her voice “can move mountains”. I also appreciate her like an actress. Thanks for sharing this with us, I really enjoyed reading..

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  24. She is amazing. Real a role model. She is the perfect example for success and for a person that had a good life.

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