Cher

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The diva is busier

than ever at 72 with a new al­bum, a biopic mu­si­cal and a pres­ti­gious award.

At 72, Cher is con­fi­dent she’s at the top of her game. “I have un­be­liev­able pipes. My doctor says I’m a freak,” beams the leg­endary en­ter­tainer, whose new CD, Danc­ing Queen, drops Sept. 28. Even Bar­bra Streisand is im­pressed by her chutz­pah. “I was talk­ing to Bar­bra one day,” Cher re­cently re­vealed. “She asked, ‘Why do you still sing?’ I said, ‘Be­cause there’s go­ing to come a day when I can’t. No one will want to come see me.’” That’s hard to be­lieve con­sid­er­ing Cher’s knack for rein­ven­tion and count­less come­backs, which will all be chron­i­cled in The Cher Show pre­mier­ing on Broad­way this De­cem­ber.

In the mu­si­cal, Cher is por­trayed by three ac­tresses of dif­fer­ing ages. “It’s a great idea be­cause I’ve lived so long that I re­ally have been dis­tinct per­son­al­i­ties,” says the singer, who’s co-pro­duc­ing the show. There’s no deny­ing the im­pact Sonny Bono had on her early years, but Cher — who met her first hus­band in her mid-teens — says she be­came a new wo­man af­ter their 1975 di­vorce. “When I left him, I was real happy,” she re­calls of fi­nally find­ing her in­de­pen­dence. “But I started to make huge mis­takes in front of ev­ery­one be­cause I was still 16 in­side. I hadn’t grown.” Still, there have been plenty of tri­umphs, too, like her Os­car win for 1987’s Moon­struck and re­cently be­ing named as a Kennedy Cen­ter Honor re­cip­i­ent.

It’s per­haps di­vine in­ter­ven­tion she’ll ac­cept that award on Dec. 2, the night be­fore her mu­si­cal pre­mieres on Broad­way. “Some­times you’re great, and some­times you’re pa­thetic,” Cher ad­mits of rid­ing the waves of suc­cess while learn­ing from her mis­fires. “I feel like a bumper car,” she quips of her tenac­ity, which her fans have come to love. “If I hit a wall, I’m back­ing up and go­ing in an­other di­rec­tion. And I’ve hit plenty of walls in my ca­reer. But I’m not stop­ping. I think maybe that’s my best qual­ity: I just don’t stop.”

— Abby Wil­son

A NEW CD. A BIOPIC MU­SI­CAL. A PRES­TI­GIOUS AWARD. THE DY­NAMIC DIVA PROVES SHE’S STRONG ENOUGH TO THRIVE IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

“I am who I am. I al­ways just do what I want.”

— Cher

Swede suc­cess! Danc­ing Queen,Cher’s CD of ABBA cov­ers, is out on Sept. 28.

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