DEBBIE KURUP, DANIELLE STEERS & MILLIE O’CONNELL TO PLAY CHER IN THE CHER SHOW UK & IRELAND TOUR TO OPEN APRIL 2022
“All of us invent ourselves.
Some of us just have more imagination than others.”
The producers of the brand new production of The Cher Show are delighted to announce that the role of Cher will be played by Debbie Kurup, Danielle Steers and Millie O’Connell. The production features the actresses portraying Cher in three different ways throughout her iconic career, with Debbie as ‘Star’, Danielle as ‘Lady’ and Millie as ‘Babe’. Further casting is to be announced.
With book by Tony and Olivier Award-winning Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family, Peter and the Starcatcher), direction by Arlene Phillips (Saturday Night Fever, Starlight Express, Grease), choreography by Oti Mabuse (two-time Strictly Come Dancing champion) and costume design by Gabriella Slade (Six, In The Heights, Spice World 2019 Tour), the UK & Ireland Tour will open at Leicester’s Curve on 15 April 2022 and will continue through to 1 April 2023.
Debbie Kurup’s theatre credits include Bonnie & Clyde (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Queen Tuya in The Prince of Egypt (Dominion), Blues in the Night (Kiln), Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse), Mrs Neilsen in Girl From The North Country (Old Vic/ Noël Coward), The Threepenny Opera (NT), Anything Goes (Sheffield Crucible/UK Tour), Nikki Marron in The Bodyguard (Adelphi – Olivier Award nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical), Velma Kelly in Chicago (Cambridge/Adelphi), Sister Act (London Palladium), East (Leicester Curve), West Side Story (Prince of Wales), Tonight’s The Night (Victoria Palace), Rent (Prince of Wales/UK Tour), Fame (UK Tour), Guys And Dolls (Sheffield Crucible), Pal Joey (Chichester) and Boogie Nights (Savoy).
Danielle Steers’s theatre credits include The Empress in Aladdin (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Catherine Parr in Six The Musical (London), Zahara in the original cast of Bat out of Hell: The Musical (Manchester Opera House, London Coliseum, Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto, Dominion Theatre, New York City Centre), Carmen in Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse), Lead Shirelle in the original London cast of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre), swing and cover Nikki Marron in The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre) and cover Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (International Arena Tour). Her debut album, The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be, was released in 2021.
Millie O’Connell’s theatre credits include Maureen in Rent (Hope Mill Theatre – WOS Award Nomination), Jeanie in Hair (Turbine Theatre), Chloe Valentine in Be More Chill (Shaftesbury Theatre and The Other Palace), Anne Boleyn in SIX: The Musical (UK Tour and Arts Theatre, London – Olivier Award nominated), Ensemble/cover Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK Tour), Ensemble/Understudy Annie in 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Ensemble/Understudy Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (Theatre Du Chatelet).
From a young child with big dreams, the shy daughter of an Armenian American truck driver, to the dizzying heights of global stardom, The Cher Show tells the incredible story of Cher’s meteoric rise to fame. Cher takes the audience by the hand and introduces them to the influential people in her life, from her mother and Sonny Bono, to fashion designer and costumier Bob Mackie. It shows how she battled the men who underestimated her, fought the conventions and, above all, was a trailblazer for independence.
The musical is packed with 35 of her biggest hits, including ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’, ‘I Got You Babe’, ‘Strong Enough’, ‘The Shoop Shoop Song’ and ‘Believe’.
With over 100 million record sales, an Academy Award®, an Emmy®, a Grammy®, three Golden Globes® and an award from The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Cher has influenced popular culture more than most. Her on-screen career started in 1971 with her weekly television show that attracted 30 million viewers a week, and went on to include starring roles in iconic films from Moonstruck, for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress, to Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, which prompted the New York Magazine to realise “every single movie—no matter how flawless—would be infinitely better if it included Cher.” Her ‘Farewell Tour’ became the highest grossing music tour in history – in true Cher fashion, she followed up her ‘Farewell Tour’ with two further sell-out, worldwide arena tours. She is the only artist in history to have a number one hit in the Billboard chart for six consecutive decades; an achievement that caused Vogue to deem her “eternally relevant and the ruler of outré reinvention”. She became known as the Queen of Reinvention.
In the 1990s, she established The Cher Charitable Foundation to support causes around the world. She has been a long-time donor and supporter of Habitat for Humanity, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and Keep A Child Alive, an organisation that helps to combat the AIDs epidemic. Most recently, she co-founded Free the Wild to help rescue Kaavan the Asian elephant from Islamabad zoo.
Written by Tony Award-winning Rick Elice, The Cher Show made its debut on Broadway in 2018 in a production that earned two Tony Awards and delighted fans from around the world. This new production will be the European premiere.
The Cher Show UK & Ireland Tour will have set design by Tom Rogers, musical supervision by Rich Morris, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Dan Samson, music production by Gary Hickeson, wigs, hair and make-up design by Sam Cox, associate direction by James Cousins, associate choreography by James Bennett and casting by Will Burton CDG.
The Cher Show UK & Ireland Tour is produced by ROYO with Fiery Angel, Cuffe & Taylor/LIVE NATION and Playing Field in association with Tilted, Aria Entertainment and JONES Theatrical Group.
LEICESTER CURVE 15 – 23 Apr 2022 BOOK TICKETS
SUNDERLAND EMPIRE 26 – 30 Apr 2022 BOOK TICKETS
HULL NEW THEATRE 3 – 7 May 2022 BOOK TICKETS
SHEFFIELD LYCEUM THEATRE 10 – 14 May 2022 BOOK TICKETS
MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE 17 – 21 May 2022 BOOK TICKETS
BELFAST GRAND OPERA HOUSE 24 – 28 May 2022 BOOK TICKETS
BLACKPOOL OPERA HOUSE 31 May – 4 Jun 2022 BOOK TICKETS
NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL 7 – 11 Jun 2022 BOOK TICKETS
CANTERBURY MARLOWE THEATRE 14 – 19 Jun 2022 BOOK TICKETS
PLYMOUTH THEATRE ROYAL 21 – 25 Jun 2022 BOOK TICKETS
DUBLIN BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE 19 – 30 Jul 2022 BOOK TICKETS
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME 2 – 6 Aug 2022 BOOK TICKETS
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE 9 – 13 Aug 2022 BOOK TICKETS
SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION 16 – 20 Aug 2022 BOOK TICKETS
CARDIFF NEW THEATRE 23 – 27 Aug 2022 BOOK TICKETS
STOKE-ON-TRENT REGENT THEATRE 30 Aug – 3 Sep 2022 BOOK TICKETS
WOKING NEW VICTORIA THEATRE 6 – 10 Sep 2022 BOOK TICKETS
CHELTENHAM EVERYMAN THEATRE 13 – 17 Sep 2022 BOOK TICKETS
DARTFORD ORCHARD THEATRE 20 – 24 Sep 2022 BOOK TICKETS
GLASGOW KING’S THEATRE 27 Sep – 1 Oct 2022 BOOK TICKETS
ABERDEEN HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE 4 – 8 Oct 2022 BOOK TICKETS
EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE 11 – 15 Oct 2022 BOOK TICKETS
WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE 18 – 22 Oct 2022 BOOK TICKETS
BRADFORD ALHAMBRA THEATRE 25 – 29 Oct 2022 BOOK TICKETS
BRIGHTON THEATRE ROYAL 1 – 12 Nov 2022 BOOK TICKETS
YORK GRAND OPERA HOUSE 15 – 19 Nov 2022 BOOK TICKETS
IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE 22 – 26 Nov 2022 BOOK TICKETS
SOUTHAMPTON MAYFLOWER THEATRE 3 – 7 Jan 2023 BOOK TICKETS
NORTHAMPTON ROYAL & DERNGATE 10 – 14 Jan 2023 BOOK TICKETS
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE 17 – 21 Jan 2023 BOOK TICKETS
BRISTOL HIPPODROME 24 – 28 Jan 2023 BOOK TICKETS
WIMBLEDON NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE 31 Jan – 4 Feb 2023 BOOK TICKETS
DARLINGTON HIPPODROME 7 – 11 Feb 2023 BOOK TICKETS
TORQUAY PRINCESS THEATRE 14 – 18 Feb 2023 BOOK TICKETS
OXFORD NEW THEATRE 21 – 25 Feb 2023 BOOK TICKETS
LLANDUDNO VENUE CYMRU 28 Feb – 4 Mar 2023 BOOK TICKETS
NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL 7 – 11 Mar 2023 ON SALE SOON
CARLISLE THE SANDS CENTRE 14 – 18 Mar 2023 BOOK TICKETS
RICK ELICE (book writer) is the Tony and Olivier award-winning book writer of global phenomenon Jersey Boys. His play, Peter and the Starcatcher, was nominated for nine Tony Awards and won five. He also wrote the book for The Addams Family and is currently working on Disney Theatrical’s upcoming new musical adaptation of The Princess Bride.
ARLENE PHILLIPS (director) is one of Britain’s leading directors and choreographers behind musical mega brands including Saturday Night Fever, Starlight Express, Grease and We Will Rock You to name a few. Founding member of 1970s dance group ‘Hot Gossip’, she went on to choreograph for music legends including Freddie Mercury, Whitney Houston and Diana Ross, and for Hollywood. Her time as lead judge on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing cemented her as one of Britain’s most recognisable entertainment legends, a status recognised with a CBE for services to dance.
OTI MABUSE (choreographer) is a champion dancer and choreographer; eight times South African Latin American Champion, and 2019 champion of both BBC’s The Greatest Dancer and Strictly Come Dancing, the two biggest dance shows on television. She was champion of Strictly Come Dancing again in 2020. She is a judge on the new ITV light entertainment show, The Masked Dancer. In 2019, she made her stage choreography debut for Tamasha Theatre Company’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ followed by Kiss Me Kate at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury.
GABRIELLA SLADE (costume designer) is the award-winning designer behind the unforgettable costumes of West End and Broadway musical Six and the force behind the Spice Girls’ reinvented look for their Spice World 2019 tour. She has designed recent West End productions of Curtains and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as David Walliam’s Billionaire Boy and Lin Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights. She is also designing the costumes for the upcoming UK tour of Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
TOM DE KEYSER and HAMISH GREER (producers) formed ROYO after several years producing together in the UK, on tour and in the West End, and around the world. Alongside the European premiere of The Cher Show, ROYO is the lead producer of The Osmonds: A New Musical, which brings The Osmond Family’s biographical musical to the stage for the first time. It is currently on tour in the UK prior to North America. ROYO is also the lead producer of Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical, based on the true story and hit film of an unlikely boyband of real lobster fishermen and their rise to fame. Following a sell-out development run which reopened Hall For Cornwall following its £20m refurbishment, the production reopens later this year. ROYO is producing several profile driven events throughout 2022, including Johannes Radebe: Freedom which starts in March and Oti Mabuse: I am Here which starts in April. ROYO is the co-owner of stream.theatre, a digital venue designed to solve the streaming, and capture, needs of arts practitioners around the world, and in the past year has filmed, edited, streamed and ticketed high profile theatrical events with partners including Sky Arts, ITV, ENO, the Evening Standard, TikTok, WhatsOnStage, and The Shanghai Grand Theatre.