Cher Will Produce an Autobiographical Broadway Musical

Cher has had an amazing career that has spanned more than 50 years. She has been a success in music and in acting. She even won the Oscar for Best Actress. There is really nothing she has not accomplished. However, she is not ready to fade away into the sunset at age 71. In fact, there will be a Broadway musical about Cher’s life that will debut in 2018. She recently made the official announcement. However, she did not reveal any other substantial details about the show. It will feature many of Cher’s most famous songs. The show will be directed by Jason Moore and written by Rick Elice.

 

The musical will be unique because it will not simply have one actress portraying Cher. There will be three actresses playing Cher at different ages. The casting process is currently underway. Cher did not reveal any info regarding any of the actresses who might be playing her. She also did not say if any casting decisions were final as of yet. There was also no official announcement about the theater on Broadway where the show will be performed. That detail is most likely still be booked at the present time.

 

Cher has talked on several occasions about producing a musical about her life. However, it has never come to fruition until now. She said that she was too busy earlier in her life to commit the time that was needed to personally oversee the project from start to finish. She has said that she wanted to be directly involved because the show is about her life story. Therefore, there is nobody better to tell it than her. Now she is older and she does not have as many irons in the fire. She has the time to sit through auditions and rehearsals for the show and give her input. She said that she can’t wait for opening night so an audience can see all the hard work that has gone into the show.

 

A “Spongebob SquarePants” Musical Is in Development

Making Broadway musicals based around properties that are already very popular is nothing new. “Wicked” and “The Lion King” have become two of the highest grossing musicals in the history of Broadway. Therefore, it makes sense that this formula will be tried again. However, this time the star of he show will be a cartoon character from a kids show on Nickelodeon. SpongeBob SquarePants will be getting his own musical on Broadway. The show will debut on the Great White Way on December 4th. The show has actually already premiered in Chicago. The same cast will be playing all of their same parts in the Broadway production.

 

Some very famous and talented musicians will also be lending some of their songs to the production. The late David Bowie had already agreed to have one of his songs in the show before his death last year. He provided the voice in a SpongeBob show and had been friendly with the producers ever since. Cyndi Lauper, Lady Antebellum, John Legend and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler are other artists who have already committed to be a part of the project. “SpongeBob SquarePants” has been one of Nickelodeon’s most popular original shows in the history of the channel. The network has made millions of dollars selling merchandise associated wit the character.

 

Info about the plot of the show has not been made available. It is unclear if the musical will follow any plots that have been taken directly from episodes of the show. There were rumors that the New York City production of the show will be different than the Chicago version. However, nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Nickelodeon has been in talks to do a musical starring SpongeBob for many years. However, people involved with the network were not happy with the scripts that were being presented to them. The finally found a script that they believed would be a hit with audiences and went into production last year.

 

 

 

Play Makes History as First Olivier-Winning Production with a Trans Protagonist

Art usually represents social progress before other mediums, and theater has certainly done that for the LGBTQ community recently with its history-making Rotterdam play. This is the first Olivier-winning play that has a transgender person as a protagonist.

 

This is a British play, and it tells the story of members of the LGBTQ community and their path towards love. The play debuted in New York, and it was successful.

 

It is no secret that plays and other art forms have tackled issues of sexuality and identity, but this new play tackles these subjects through the eyes of members of the LGBTQ community. The playwright, Jon Brittain, has been slowly weaving in characters from this community throughout his plays but did not write a story centered around this issue until recently.

 

Brittain said that it started because many friends came out to him as transgender, and this propelled him to tell this story. He knew there was a problem in the theater and that members of this community were not represented properly. He was careful to write a story that was honest and respectful to the community.

 

The play premiered in London in 2015, and it was almost universally accepted as one of the best pieces of work at the time. Of course, Brittain believes that this is only the beginning. Everyone is starting to notice that more and more people are letting go of their prejudice against members of the LGBTQ community.

 

Now, this does not mean that Brittain believes that the fight is over as there are still many hurdles to pass, but progress is being made, and this play is just one small example, which should hopefully give many people hope.

 

Brittain was surprised that his play won the Olivier, but the award was just the icing on top of the cake. The truth is that he just wanted his play to spark a conversation regarding the LGBTQ community, which is all that matters to him.

 

Still, there is no doubt that he was honored his play received the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre Olivier award, which has only made the play more coveted. This does not only mean success. It also means more exposure, which should propel the conversation further.