Strong Enough – The Ultimate Tribute Concert To Cher
Format: Music Show
Review Date: February 29 2020
Performance: February 29 2020
Location: St. Helens Theatre Royal, St. Helens
Duration: 120 Minutes incl. Interval
Age Rating: 8+
Strong Enough – The Ultimate Tribute Concert To Cher manages to turn back time and bring us the best of Cher at St. Helens Theatre Royal.
Cher is an American singer, actress and TV personality. She was born on May 20 1946 as Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California. She met Sonny Bono when she was 16 and he was 28. They married on October 27 1964, but unfortunately the marriage did not last, though they became a very popular duo with their Saturday night TV show. From there, she went solo, and she never looked back. This show focused mostly on her adventures alone on the stage, with occasional references to her history on the big screen, which shared both her life successes and struggles.
The artist playing Cher delivered her performance with a lot of energy and passion. She sang a lot of the pop legend’s favourite hits such as I Got You Babe; Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down); Just Like Jesse James; Heart Of Stone; and If I Could Turn Back Time. Cher recently provided fans with an album containing her version of ABBA songs, in a nod to Cher appearing in the ABBA-themed movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and so she sang a few ABBA numbers here too. Apparently she did an album of “Abba” and sang some of those numbers.
The second half started with Welcome To Burlesque; Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves; Walking In Memphis; Believe and Gimme Gimme Gimme, again paying homage to ABBA. The audience went wild for an encore, and Cher sang Strong Enough to round things off. Incidentally, it should go without staying that there were lots of Cher fans in the crowd that absolutely loved the music icon, and the attendees were soon dancing in the aisles and standing up and dancing in their seats for the remainder of the evening.
The songs were performed very authentically, and pretty much every major Cher hit of note was covered here. Although it is common for the audience to rise to their feet and sing and dance along, it isn’t always a guarantee, so it’s an endorsement of the singer’s efforts and of the production as a whole when they do, as they did here.
Elevating the standard of the show, the artist playing Cher wore gorgeous costumes with a few changes, along with occasionally switching wigs; the dancers also changed costumes at various points. As noted, the screen was effective behind the performers, and it started with pictures of the lead singer changing to and from Cher, which was beautiful and cleverly done. Helping matters, the artist looked a lot like Cher, as she had the height, the figure and the deep voice.
Whilst I appreciate that the artists like to make an impact with their first number on stage, the volume was far too loud; there was a sound check beforehand, but it changed very little. The volume distorted the sound and occasionally spoiled the enjoyment of the performance. Still, the performance was delivered with great energy and with excellent backing from a live band consisting of two guitars, a keyboard, drums and two dancers, along with, of course, Cher.
Despite the volume issues, Strong Enough – The Ultimate Tribute Concert To Cher ensured a good night out and had a great atmosphere while paying a nice homage to the unforgettable soundtrack and career of Cher.
Target Audience: Adults Aged 30+
Content: No Content Likely To Offend
Overall Rating: 8/10 – Very Good
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