Review Cher Las Vegas…
There’s no doubting that at 72 Cher is an icon, legend and Star. Tonight I visited The Park Theatre in Las Vegas to see CLASSIC CHER.
Naturally, after what was the longest pre-show delay in my 25 year theatre career, she made her spectacular entrance from the rafters to electric applause from the devoted crowd.
“Is the applause for the show or the fact that I turned up and I’m still alive?” Cher quipped.
After what seemed like a never ending monologue, it had the perfect killer pay-off “I’m 72, what’s your Grandma doing tonight?” The show began. Here’s where we have a problem….
This production is fundamentally floored. It is so focused on ‘to blackout’ production pieces that we mostly spend the night not watching Cher. What a waste. All we want is to see our star and hear ‘that’ voice!
This is not a show for purists of Live music, this is a camp night out in the presence of a show business legend and mega-star.
There is no denying she looks sensational, with impeccable costumes, but, the 4-8 minutes we wait to see them is not a great pay-off for an edited 2-3 minutes of Cher’s biggest hits.
Does she sing Live, well, sometimes. But she is still every inch a Star and 100% ‘classic Cher’ in this new Las Vegas show that offers the hits amdist endless clutter of production.
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CLASSIC CHER tries to offer ‘cabaret’ to fill in-between the hits.
The dancers and acrobatics in the show were sensational and very Cirque du Soleil-esk, both in quality and familiar appeal.
The problem was, I just didn’t care. I only wanted to see Cher.
As you would expect, the costumes were colourful and reflected each song, and naturally Cher changed what felt like a million times in between them.
I last saw Cher at the Colosseum at Caesars – it’s basically the same show just re-camped & re-vamped.
There are very touching moments and this show does pay tribute to her decades at the top of the charts and on our screens.
Her incredible catalogue of hits was captured through the decades digging back to the hits of the 60’s including a tribute to Sonny with a video duet of ‘I’ve Got You Babe’ which Cher said she had rarely performed ‘Live’ on stage.
The disco numbers from the 70’s including ‘Dark Lady’ and were re-imagined in 2018 with great effect.
There’s also a wonderful tribute to Elvis and a video montage from her numerous movies.
The final section was dedicated to the massive hits of the 80’s & 90’s including ‘Turn Back Time’ , ‘I Found Someone’ and classic camp anthem ‘Believe’.
Naturally, these brought the house down.
What surprised me the most was Cher’s lack-luster energy during the performance. I got the feeling she didn’t really care if she was there or not! Coming on 52 minutes late certainly offers a Vegas contempt….without any mention or apology.
I asked afterwards “why did the show go up late”, I was told “this is Cher not Cirque”. What a damning reflection on this legend.
However, the show delivers what it says on the tin – ‘Classic Cher’ – Camp, OTT & with endless vocal effects and some impressive Live performance.
This show does offer one of the best light shows in Las Vegas although the set at times does appear a little cumbersome.
If you want an amazing vocalist, go and see Celine. If you’re after camp old nonsense from a legend – you’ll love Classic Cher!
Most of the hits are included in the 90 minute set. You won’t be disappointed.
Review by Celebrity Radio 18th May 2018 at the Park Theater Las Vegas.