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ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT INTERVIEW WITH CHER AND MERYL STREEP

Posted by: Twins 26.06.2018

 

 

'Mamma Mia 2' promotion continues. Cher and Meryl Streep were interviewed by Entertainment Tonight during the filming of the Mamma Mia sequel which brought big stars back together on the big screen.

Watch the interview on the Entertainment Tonight.

CHER PROMOTING 'MAMMA MIA 2' ON THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW

Posted by: Twins 24.06.2018

 

 
She's often referred to as the Goddess Of Pop, who is still at the top of her game at the age of 72.
And Cher proved that age is just a number, as she spoke candidly on the Graham Norton Show about playing Meryl Streep's mother in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again despite only having a four-year age gap between them.
In scenes set to air on Friday night's episode, the music icon joked with the show's Irish host about the role: 'I am older than her – by four years! When they asked I said, "That's absolutely fine, that's cool."'
Talking about if she had to be persuaded to take the role, she continued: 'Yes. But, my agent called me and said, "You're in the new Mamma Mia film" and then hung up. I didn't have much choice!'
Set ten years after the original, the film follows Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) as she tries to run her mother Donna's (Streep) villa in Greece whilst pregnant, as she finds out more about her past.
In the sequel Cher plays Ruby Sheridan, Sophie's grandmother and Donna's mother who was out of the picture until she appears uninvited at the villa.
Cher is set to put her own spin on Abba's hit Fernando, and her version of the song was released on Friday to coincide with the announcement that the film's soundtrack is available for pre-order via Polydor Records.
The album will be released on July 13, but Cher's song is available immediately after pre-order as well as Lily James' rendition of Waterloo, and When I Kissed The Teacher.
Cher's Mamma Mia co-star Christine Baranski, 66, also appeared on the talk show, and said: 'We had so much fun. Everyone had been waiting for the sequel. 10 years on, they've got it so right and we were all so happy.'
Moving on from the sequel, Graham then asked the singing sensation if she had seen the musical about her life: The Cher Show.
Cher said candidly: 'I have seen a piece of it and will see it all in Chicago.
'It was a bit nerve-wracking to see so many personal things portrayed that you thought was a good idea to talk about once but, to see it on stage, you just want to stick needles in your eyes.'
As well as taking on Abba's discography in the film, Cher is also busy with her own music career as she admitted to 'working on' a new album while continuing to tour around the world.
Of her decision to keep performing on stage, the Believe singer said: 'Who knew I would be touring at my age.
'No one expects to be working at 72 and I didn't think I'd be doing it,' before she said of when she might stop: 'I don't have a number in my head.'
Cher was joined on the Graham Norton Show by co-star Christine, Rupert Everett, Natalie Dormer and Tom Odell.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! 'goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present,' according to Deadline.
The original movie was set on a Greek island where young bride-to-be Sophie discovers that any one of three men - Bill (Stellan Skarsgard), Sam (Pierce Brosnan) or Harry (Colin Firth) could be her father.

Watch Cher's appearance on The Late Late Show on youtube.

Source: Daily Mail

CHER PLAYS 'SPILL YOUR GUTS' ON 'THE LATE LATE SHOW' WITH JAMES CORDEN

Posted by: Twins 24.06.2018

 

 
On Tuesday night (June 19), Cher graced The Late Late Show with James Corden with her presence during #LateLateLondon week -- and then ate a caterpillar.
The 72-year old music icon joined in on a not-so-delicious game of "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts" with host James Corden, in which both took turns choosing whether to answer potentially embarrassing questions with juicy details or eat things that most people would never want on their plate.
"Cher, you said Tom Cruise is one of your five favorite lovers," said Corden, quickly getting to the good stuff. "Who are the other four?"
Cher immediately shrieked, laughed, and chose to eat a dried caterpillar instead.
Tom Cruise wasn't the only thing Corden wanted Cher to open about. During their interview, the singer was asked about her long running friendship with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! costar Meryl Streep and the time that they saved a woman in New York City from being assaulted.
On an ice cream run 1983, Meryl and Cher saw a man ripping the clothes off of a woman and immediately stepped in by yelling and screaming at the man.
"Meryl starts screaming and I start screaming and we run towards this gigantic man and he turns and starts running towards us," the star recalled. "We split and he ran through us and we ran up to the girl. All of her clothes were torn and she was clutching her bag. So we're putting her together, kind of trying to get her to look a little bit, you know, like she hasn't just been ravaged, and she looks at us and goes, 'Oh my God! I've just been saved by Meryl Streep and Cher! I'm an actress and I work in a cafe where we sing and all my friends are going to be so jealous!'
Watch Cher's appearance on The Late Late Show on youtube.

Source: Billboard

'THE CHER SHOW' MUSICAL TRACES THE LIFE OF A MULTIFACETED POP MUSIC ICON

Posted by: Twins 23.06.2018

 

 

Long before she yearned to turn back time, Cher was moving to the beat of a very different generation.
In the 1960s, a 16-year-old raven-haired, brown-eyed beauty, with a voice that could shake the rafters of an arena to the core, first appeared on the folk/rock music scene. She was accompanied by her singing partner, a mop-topped hippie named Sonny Bono with a penchant for writing catchy hit tunes and wearing fur vests.
The 30 years that followed were light years away on every level from the setting of Cher’s iconic 1989 music video “If I Could Turn Back Time,” filmed aboard the USS Missouri battleship. Rolling Stone listed the video among its 30 Sexiest Videos of All Time. If you’ve never watched it, take a YouTube look. Her “surprise” costume was deemed too inappropriate at the time even by MTV, which at first banned the hit and then aired it only after 9 p.m. And as her lifelong costumer Bob Mackie recently mused (emphasizing that he never approved of said costume), “There she is with, you know, 2,000 sailors on this ship and her 12-year-old son [Elijah Blue Allman] playing the guitar in the background, and his mother running around with her whole backside showing.”
But that’s the middle of the story.
Before and after, there were marriages and divorces, TV shows, Las Vegas gigs, endless recording sessions, the birth of a daughter, the birth of a son, movies and a cavalcade of hits for the onetime Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere from El Centro, California, who transformed herself into a pop culture icon and savvy businesswoman/activist with a singular voice and name as distinct as they come.
Enter “The Cher Show,” the Broadway-bound musical getting its world premiere in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre. With a book by Tony Award winner Rick Elice (“Jersey Boys”), orchestrations and arrangements by Daryl Waters (“Memphis”), choreography by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli (“Newsies”) and direction by Jason Moore (Tony winner for “Avenue Q”), the stage musical takes a look at the life and times (and costumes) of Cher, pulling together the chameleonlike facets that comprise the Grammy and Oscar winner’s life.
While Cher’s marriage to Bono in 1964 (they originally met when she was 16 and he was the 27-year-old assistant to legendary record producer/career maker Phil Spector) probably started out good, it quickly turned sour and would end in divorce after 11 years. But their impact on pop culture would touch generations of fans. Their primetime variety series, “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour,” was a massive hit with television audiences, who came to love the couple who seemed blissfully in love. She made fun of his height, he poked fun at her nose. The laughs were endless.
“Sonny and Cher were like members of our family. They made our family life more fun,” said “The Cher Show” producer Jeffrey Seller, who is also the producer of “Hamilton” (playing a few blocks away at the CIBC Theatre), which tells the tale of, well, another iconic American.
“Who ever thought you could put Hamilton and Cher in the same sentence,” Seller said amid hearty laughter. “America would not be the same were it not for Alexander Hamilton and Cher. And that is inarguably true. … People who are tenacious often are people who change the world. Alexander Hamilton unquestionably changed the world, and I think Cher, over the past 50-plus years, has absolutely changed the world.”
Behind the scenes, the marriage and the Bonos’ professional relationship were destructively volatile.
While Sonny would ultimately leave show biz for politics — he was mayor of Palm Springs and later elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Cher followed her heart, hosting an eponymous variety show at one point (later replaced with a “reunion series” featuring Cher and Bono once again), and continuing to make music. At the age of 72, she’s still touring and rocking those Bob Mackie costumes.
The beat really does go on.
In the stage musical, Cher is portrayed by three actresses at three distinct stages of her life: Newcomer Micaela Diamond stars as “Babe,” Broadway veteran Teal Wicks stars as “Lady” and Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block (familiar to Chicago audiences for her portrayal of Elphaba in “Wicked”) portrays “Star.” Elice conceived the notion of having the three “Chers” on stage throughout the show, so that the trio could “converse and perform” with each other as needed, to create a singular but multifaceted character.
“The idea of presenting Cher as a girl group was fascinating to me as a writer,” Elice said. “You could have one of them argue with the other two, take sides against someone else, show how the three of them could support each other and evolve together over the course of the show. So, it’s not the cinema’s solution of here’s the young one, here’s the middle one, here’s the old one. They’re on all the time together so that we see sort of a refracted image of a personality onstage, which struck me as being a great way into a life that is so varied.”
“[The young ‘Babe’ Cher] is fearless but yet vulnerable and optimistic,” Block said of Elice’s unique character concept. “[Midlife ‘Star’ Cher] is confidence and poise. And I’m [as Lady] the wisdom of it all. I think the audience will really be taken aback that it’s not the young one who passes the torch to Lady who passes the torch to Star. We kind of liken it to a Russian nesting doll: There is the one doll, and then you open up and there’s the second and then the third. But yet when you put them all together it makes a complete Cher. And we’re hoping the audience really grasps and takes a hold of that because it’s not only theatrical but it’s very special and moving. … It’s this gorgeous, theatrical Cher therapy session.”
The three-actress approach allows for distinct Cher perspectives to surface.
“I didn’t realize how funny she was,” said Teal. “Her sense of comedy, even before it was refined, the silliness in the skits that [she and Sonny] would do [on their TV series], the dynamic between her and Sonny, I LOVE that. … Going back and listening to the songs and just falling in love with them: The more I listened to them the more I adore that voice. It’s so rich and has so many nuances. Starting out so young she didn’t know what she was doing, but the rock star/pop star was just innate in her. Her musicality and those nuances are so specific. It’s what made the songs hits.”
Fear not, the show is filled with the hits (nearly 30 of them) — everything from Sonny & Cher’s “Baby Don’t Go” to Cher’s biggest solo turns. Most are presented on familiar terms, while others have been re-orchestrated out of necessity.
“I always try and start to make sure I’m respecting the material to make sure we maintain the essence of the material,” Waters said of the musical’s score. “From there it’s a matter of finding a way to theatricalize and dramatize the material better, in terms of just underscoring emotion. Sometimes we come very close to the original recordings, such as ‘I’ve Got You Babe,’ and sometimes we’re straying pretty far away, like on ‘Strong Enough.’”
What did Waters discover about Sonny Bono the songwriter? “He obviously had his pulse on something,” Waters said of the Detroit-born Salvatore “Sonny” Bono, who died in 1998 from injuries suffered during a skiing accident in Nevada. “A lot of times it’s the simpler material that rings true because it’s not a lot of fancy bells and whistles going on behind it. Something like ‘Baby Don’t Go’ is a really simple tune, but by the time we get finished using it in the show it’s almost a heartbreaker.”
And what did he discover about Cher’s instantly recognizable vocals?
“The thing most interesting was the fact that she was such a rocker. I knew the pop stuff, the club stuff, but I didn’t know she had this huge rock background. She had a period where she was doing albums that were pure rock.”
Ironically, most of the show’s team and cast has either not met Cher or met her only briefly, though she has been extremely hands-on throughout the production process. (There is no word about her even attending opening night June 28.)
“Most of what I’ve heard about what she wants has come through Rick [Elice] and Jason [Moore],” Waters said. “And she trusts those guys; she’s worked with them a lot. So, it’s basically from God’s ears — me getting [Cher’s input] from them.”

Source: Chicago Sun Times

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