The Cher Show will tell her life story with, not one, but, three actresses playing the star in a retrospect of her career. Cher herself is behind the production. Broadway will also premiere Summer: The Donna Summer Musical directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff. Featuring over 20 hits from the Queen Of Disco including I Feel Love, MacArthur Park, Hot Stuff and Enough Is Enough they won’t be short of showstoppers.
The celluloid world continues to migrate to the stage with the
1984 coming-of-age The Flamingo Kid getting the musical treatment. The original film was directed by the late Garry Marshall, who also happened to direct Pretty Woman, also making its Broadway debut this year. Samantha Barks will take on the Julia Roberts role. The London production of Dreamgirls will transfer across the Atlantic.
Audacious Australian writer and performer Eddie Perfect, one of DNA’s Straight Mates, has written the stage version of the kooky
1988 film Beetlejuice. Perfect is also re-writing King Kong, which originally premiered in Melbourne four years ago, and will get its Broadway debut in November.
Perhaps the biggest news of all is that there will be a stage adaptation of the Meryl Streep 2006 comedy The Devil Wears Prada. Given that Elton John and Paul Rudnick will be responsible for the score, this has hit written all over it. Elton previously provided music for The Lion King, Aida, Lestat and Billy Elliot.