“THE CHER SHOW”

June 04, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Babe, the Lady, and the Star make up what is Broadway’s greatest sensation.

Aired on June 3, 2019.

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§ I GOT YOU BABE, I GOT YOU
BABE §
>> FOR SIX STRAIGHT DECADES, AN
UNSTOPPABLE FORCE HAS FLAT-OUT
DOMINATED POPULAR CULTURE,
BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS, PUSHING
BOUNDARIES AND LETTING NOTHING
AND NO ONE STAND IN HER WAY.
"THE CHER SHOW", A NEW MUSICAL
ON BROADWAY IS HER STORY.
IT'S PACKED WITH SO MUCH CHER,
IT TAKES THREE WOMEN TO PLAY
HER, ONE STARTING OUT, THE POP
STAR AND THE ICON.
THE SHOW HAS JUST BEEN NOMINATED
FOR THREE TONY AWARDS.
BEST COSTUME DESIGN, BEST
LIGHTING DESIGN AND BEST ACTRESS
IN A LEADING ROLE FOR STEPHANIE
J. BLOCK.
HERE IS A QUICK LOOK.
§ I GOT YOU TO HOLD ME TIGHT
§ I GOT YOU TO LOVE ME SO
§ I GOT YOU, BABE, I GOT YOU,
BABE §
§ I GOT YOU BABE
§
§ DO YOU BELIEVE LIFE AFTER
LOVE, I CAN SEE, I REALLY DON'T
THINK IT'S STRONG ENOUGH §
§ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LIFE AFTER
LOVE §
§ YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE LAST OF
ME §
>> AND IT TOOK ONE SUPERSTAR
DIRECTOR TO CAPTURE THIS
TIMELESS ICON'S STORY ON STAGE.
DIRECTOR JASON MOORE HAS HAD
EXPERIENCE DIRECTING AND A FEW
OTHER MUSICALS YOU PROBABLY
HEARD OF.
AMONG THEM AVENUE Q WHICH GOT A
TONY NOMINATION AND "PITCH
PERFECT."
WE'RE DELIGHTED TO HAVE JASON ON
"METROFOCUS."
>> THANKS.
>> IT WAS MARVELOUS.
>> GOOD FUN.
>> TO ME THIS IS JUST MORE THAN
A MUSICAL REVIEW.
THERE WERE STORY THINGS WHERE I
FOUND MYSELF SAYING TO MYSELF I
DIDN'T KNOW THAT.
I DIDN'T KNOW THAT HAD HAPPENED.
>> I THINK WE KNOW A LOT OF THE
HIGHS.
BUT THE SHOWS TRIES TO HIGHLIGHT
THE DOWNS FOR HER.
PEOPLE KNOW HER AS A SURVIVOR
AND REINVENTOR AND WHAT IT
REALLY MEANT THE WAY SHE LOST
THINGS AND LOST HER BUSINESS,
LOST HER CAREER, LOST HER TICKET
SALES, THAT'S WHAT WE TRY TO
BALANCE OUT WITH THE HIGHS.
>> I MENTIONED IN THE
INTRODUCTION, YOU HAVE THREE
DIFFERENT CHARACTERS.
YOU HAVE WOVEN THEM ALL
TOGETHER.
WHAT WAS THE IDEA BETWEEN THREE?
>> SHARE HAS LIVED FOR SUCH A
LONG TIME AND THE WAY YOU
EXPERIENCE A STORY IN YOUR LIFE
WHEN YOU'RE 19 VERSUS 16 IS VERY
DIFFERENT.
THE THINGS YOU KNOW AS A WISE
ADULT YOU DON'T KNOW AS A YOUNG
CHILD.
THE NOTION OF YOU BEING ABLE TO
TALK TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF OR
LEARN FROM YOUR OLDER SELF, THAT
SEEMED LIKE A THEATRICAL TODAY
BUT A THEMATICALLY INTERESTING
ONE, HOW DO YOU LEARN ABOUT
LIFE, TRUST YOURSELF.
SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER
WHO YOU WERE AND SOMETIMES YOU
HAVE TO HAVE FAITH IN WHO YOU'RE
GOING TO BECOME.
>> HERE YOU HAVE THREE ACTORS,
AND THEY'RE ALL SO TALENTED.
I MENTIONED STEPHANIE J. BLOCK.
THE OTHER TWO ARE IMMENSELY
TALENTED.
THEY DO A GREAT JOB.
BUT HOW DO YOU DIRECT THEM WHEN
THEY'RE GOING TO BE PORTRAYING A
LEGEND WHO IS STILL A LIVING
LEGEND?
>> WELL, PART OF IT WAS WE ARE
SORT OF LOOKING AT THE BEGINNING
OF CHER'S LIFE WHEN SHE IS 6 TO
WHEN SHE IS 19.
SO MICAYLA PLAYS THAT PART.
SOME OF THE THINGS WE KNOW AS
CHER AND HER VOICE AND HER
MANNERISMS HADN'T REALLY
MANIFESTED YET.
YOU START TO SEE THE BIRTH OF
HOW THAT HAPPENED.
THE MIDDLE CHER IS DOING THE TV
VERSION OF HERSELF WHICH WAS
SMALL AND SEXY AND KIND OF EYE
ROLLING AND KIND OF DISMISSIVE.
AND STEPHANIE EMBODIES THE CHER
THAT HAS HAD TO FILL A BIG POP
ARENA WHERE SHE BECAME LARGER
THAN LIFE.
EACH ACTRESS HAD A DIFFERENT
TASK.
AND OUR OTHER TASK WAS TO MAKE
THEM FEEL LIKE THEY'RE ALL THE
SAME PERSON.
SO IT'S LOOKING FOR THE HAIR
FLIPS AND THE TONGUE AND THE
SPEAKING VOICE THAT WORKED ON
EACH ACTRESS BUT MADE THEM FEEL
LIKE A UNIT.
>> AND SHE PARTICIPATED.
TELL ME SOME OF THE THINGS THAT
SHE DID IN PUTTING THIS THING
TOGETHER?
>> CHER BROUGHT US ALL TOGETHER.
SHE IS A PRODUCER ON IT.
AND THERE IS NO DEFINITIVE
BIOGRAPHY OR MOVIE ABOUT CHER'S
LIFE.
SO WE DID IT JUST BY
INTERVIEWING HER.
IT'S ALL THE STORIES IN THE
SHOWS ARE ONES THAT SHE TOLD US
VERBALLY.
AT SEVERAL READINGS, GAVE US
FEEDBACK, NO ONE CAN TELL US BIR
WHAT HAPPENED THAN CHER.
SHE CAME TO SEE IT IN CHICAGO.
SHE HAS SEEN IT MANY TIMES ON
BROADWAY.
SHE GAVE US THE FEEDBACK BECAUSE
IT NEEDS TO BE HER STORY AND
ALSO IN HER VOICE.
IT'S SO SPECIFIC HER SENSE OF
HUMOR, THE WAY SHE SPEAKS, WHO
ARE HERR OBSERVANCE, BEHAVIOR
ABOUT PEOPLE.
>> I SAW WHERE SHE GAVE SOME
ADVICE TO THE THREE WOMEN WHO
PLAY HER ROLE ABOUT PLAYING HER
BUT STILL BEING THEM.
WHAT DID SHE SAY TO THEM?
>> IT WAS ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS
WE REALLY NEEDED PERMISSION
BECAUSE IT'S STILL CHER.
AND WE NEED HER APPROVAL, RIGHT?
WE WANT IT AS ARTISTS BUT ALSO
FOR THE SHOW TO WORK.
I THINK WE WERE WORKING SO HARD
TO MAKE SURE WE CAPTURED HER IS
WHAT CHER SAID TO STEPHANIE YOU
SHOULD BE AS MUCH YOU AS YOU ARE
ME.
PEOPLE ARE ULTIMATELY SHOWING UP
TO SEE CHER.
BUT THEY STAY BECAUSE OF YOU.
AND THAT WAS ONE OF THOSE SORT
OF FREEING MOMENTS.
>> THAT'S GREAT WAY TO PUT IT.
>> TO FEEL COMFORTABLE, OH, I
OWN THIS PART, EVEN THOUGH I'M
NOT CHER.
>> WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL THE
OTHER MARVELOUS WORK THAT YOU'VE
DONE, I'M ALWAYS CURIOUS FOR
DIRECTORS, HAVE THEY WOVEN IN
SOME OF THE LESSONS THEY LEARNED
FROM OTHER SHOWS OR TECHNIQUES.
AND I GO IMMEDIATELY TO "PITCH
PERFECT."
AND I SAW THAT YOU'VE TALKED
ABOUT KIND OF WHAT YOU BROUGHT
FROM "PITCH PERFECT," HOW IT
HELP YOU'D MAYBE TO DIRECTING
"CHER".
>> WHEN I STARTED WORKING ON
"CHER" I WASN'T SURE WHAT THE
ANGLE WAS, THAT SHE FELT SHY.
HER FATHER WAS ARMENIAN AND HER
SKIN COLOR WAS DIFFERENT.
SHE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE
ON THE COVER OF VOGUE THAT HAD
DARK HAIR, AND SHE WAS MADE FUN
OF FOR THAT.
OH, CHER, EVEN THOUGH SHE IS AN
ICON, SHE IS AN OUTSIDER.
AND THAT REALLY IS WHETHER IT'S
SHREK OR PITCH PERFECT, THE
SENSE OF BEING AN OUTSIDER IS
SOMETHING I IDENTIFY.
I THINK WHAT MOST PEOPLE
IDENTIFY.
I THINK IF WE CAN SHOW HOW CHER
IS AN OUTSIDER, WE CAN SHOW HOW
EVERYONE CAN BE CHER.
>> AND YOU'VE DONE THAT SAID IT
IN THE VERY BEGINNING.
IT'S ONE OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE
TIMES I'VE HAD ON BROADWAY.
>> WELL, GREAT.
>> AND I THINK MY AUDIENCE JUST
LOVED IT.
THEY WERE ON THEIR FEET STANDING
AND APPLAUDING, LITERALLY BEFORE
THE CAST STARTED TO COME OUT TO
TAKE THEIR BOWS.
SO YOU'VE DONE A WONDERFUL JOB
ACCOMPLISHING WHAT YOU WANTED TO
DO, TELLING A GREAT STORY.
JASON, ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE YOU.
>> THANK YOU.
>> CONGRATULATIONS.
GREAT WORK ON THIS.
AND FOR YOU FOLKS THROUGHOUT,
JUST REMEMBER "THE CHER SHOW" A
NEW MUSICAL IS PLAYING AT THE
SIMON THEATER.
FOR MORTGAGE INFORMATION VISIT
US AT "METROFOCUS."

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