Cher’s latest, and possibly last, farewell tour takes an Abba-licous twist. After her
cameo starring role in Mamma Mia 2, the diva decided to hit the road and add a few Abba songs into the mix
I’ve been going to Cher’s farewell shows for 17 years. There’ve been circus themes (The Cherest Show on Earth). Retro moments and duets with her late husband Sonny. Opening the show standing atop a pedestal 15 feet in the air, closing the show in a chair that flies over the audience.
The shows have always felt familiar but current, new songs blended in with the
old classics. But this tour, which stopped at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL, feels like a recycled mashup. She opened with Woman’s World and closed with Believe. The elephant was there, there was the crowd pleasing montage of her best movie moments and Oscar win.
About five minutes in she takes it down a notch and shared a couple of stories, and had the audience in the palm of her hand. But if you’ve seen her show at the MGM Park Las Vegas you’ve already heard them.
I assumed this was setting the tone to be more of “an evening with Cher.” But this was really all there was in the way of interaction with the audience.
Then it was time to duet with Sonny. I’ve seen this several times and I still well up a little. But I well up a little less each time.
Here We Go
Of course, the new part of the show is her knocking out a few ABBA songs. Despite being the name of the tour, this part of the set is not major part of the show. She removed the Dark Lady/Half Breed/Gypsies Tramps and Thieves segment and dropped in a little ABBA.
And she didn’t sing Mamma Mia! If you’re going to call your tour Here We Go Again, at least sing the title song!
Dress For Success
Of course, she looked fabulous. It’s almost as if the music was a soundtrack for Bob Mackie runway show and she’s the only model. Sequins! Glitter! Wigs for days! It’s everything you’d expect. And since you know another iconic outfit is coming, you don’t mind when she ducks off stage for a couple of minutes.
And, of course, she was belting out the songs herself. No (noticeable) backing track. Every note is her voice
Now don’t get me wrong. If you haven’t seen a Cher show you should DEFINITELY go see this! If you’re a big fan, it’s money well spent. But she’s not bringing a lot new to the table. And you really do feel like this could be it.
But then again, I thought that when I went to the Farewell Tour in 2002 and bought the shirt, so what do I know?
The Critic’s Cocktail Recommendation
Overpriced Beer. We sipped on a 24oz Molson Canadian, purchased for the low, low price of just $14(US). Plus tip.