Mr. Elice brings significant know-how to the project â he wrote the book for âJersey Boys,â which combined the jukebox musical and the biomusical to tell the stories of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons using their song catalog. That musical was an enormous success, running for 11 years on Broadway (and soon to reopen in slimmed-down fashion Off Broadway).
The show is informed by a series of interviews that Mr. Elice has conducted with Cher. And Cher has been deeply involved in the showâs development, including reading scripts and coming to workshops.
âThe Cher Showâ is one of many jukebox biomusicals now in development, including âSummer: The Donna Summer Musical,â also featuring three actresses playing the title role, which is scheduled to run this fall at La Jolla Playhouse in California; âAinât Too Proud â The Life and Times of the Temptations,â now playing at Berkeley Repertory Theater in California; and âTina: The Tina Turner Musical,â which is scheduled to open in London next spring.
âThe Cher Showâ has not yet committed to a cast â there is a four-week workshop scheduled this fall, after which actors for the commercial productions will be chosen. In addition to the three actresses playing Cher, there will be actors portraying Sonny Bono and Gregg Allman (her former husbands) and Bob Mackie (her onetime costume designer).
The showâs creative team includes the director Jason Moore (âAvenue Qâ) and the choreographer Christopher Gattelli (âNewsiesâ).
Mr. Suarez is a former television executive; Mr. Seller is a prominent Broadway producer best known as the lead producer of âHamilton.â The two men are also developing projects for Universal Television.
Mr. Suarez first proposed a Cher musical a decade ago, after picking up a recording of her greatest hits while traveling in Spain.
âThe show is very funny, emotional, and really tells you…