Believe - Cher The Songbook (atgtickets.com)
When
Cher was asked to play Meryl Streep’s mother in the film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, she was rather bemused.  Cher is only 3 years older than Meryl and the
irony wasn’t lost on her. Like everything in her life, she seized the
opportunity, spawning her first album for five years, Dancing Queen, which has been a huge success for her. The album
debuted at number one in the US Top Album Sales chart with 150,000 copies sold,
making it her first number one album on that chart.  Dancing
Queen
also entered the top five in another 9 countries and within the top
ten in another 9 countries. 


With
a career now in her 6th decade, Cher at 72 shows no signs of
retiring.  Her body of work and
popularity is undiminished. As well as being a hugely successful singer, Cher
won an Oscar for her role in Moonstruck
in 1987 and earned critical acclaim for her roles in Silkwood, Mask and The Witches
of Eastwick
.


This
tribute to Cher, known as the Goddess of
Pop
, takes us through the decades with the songs, wigs and outrageous
costumes that have made her so beloved by millions around the globe. Featuring
Charlotte Talbot as Cher, Darren
Jones as Sonny/guitars, Vocals (Dead
Ringer for Love)/guitar/MD Tim Wedlake, Vocals/percussion/flute/sax Emily
Westwood, Vocals/bass Linia Cascarino-Close, drums Paul Gill and keys/piano
Martyn Cooper.


Starting
with the duo she formed with her husband, Sonny Bono, the show kicks off with I Got You Babe, probably one of the most
popular songs sung in karaoke bars everywhere. This song propelled them into
stardom, with a number of other hits helping to give them their own TV show in
the early 70s.  They divorced in 1975 when
Cher’s solo career really took off with a US number one single Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves. Other hits
followed including Just Like
Jesse James, If I Could Turn Back Time, Walking in Memphis and Strong Enough.


 The first half of the show has
room for improvement, as too much emphasis was placed on a series of costume
changes, leaving the band to riff and fill in whilst waiting for Cher’s next entrance.  When Tim, the MD finally came forward and
started singing Dead  Ringer For Love, the
show lifted and I felt the talented band could have filled in with tracks from
each era themselves.  This would have
given
Charlotte more time as well as being more enjoyable for the
audience.  There were lots of songs from Cher’s
earlier career I didn’t know and it may have been a good opportunity to present
more popular songs? 


Some of the costumes were
unflattering and
Charlotte looked uncomfortable in them, which made
her movements and walk seem very stiff. 
Vocally, she nailed it and that’s the most important element for any
tribute artist, but Cher’s huge personality is  hard to emulate.


Cher’s acting career really took
off in the 1980s and in 1998 her musical comeback platinum selling album, Believe, sold 10 million copies worldwide putting her at the forefront of
dance-pop music.


Ending the show with a medley of songs from Dancing Queen, had the audience on

their feet dancing, whooping and clapping along to all
the songs they love. 


For further details of dates and to book tickets visit https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/believe-the-cher-songbook/

 

Reviewed by:

Yvonne Delahaye

17.1.19

@yvonnedelahaye