Musical legend and beloved gay icon Cher is on tour again, ten years after she finished her “farewell tour.” This tour promotes her new album Closer to the Truth and gives her fans another chance to see her live in concert. She started her tour in Phoenix on March 22 and finally makes her way to Florida on May 16 and 17, with stops at the Amway Center in Orlando and the BB&T Center in Sunrise. Showtime is 8 p.m. on both nights. Cyndi Lauper will open for Cher in both Orlando and Sunrise.
As a teenager, Cherilyn Sarkisian met the older Salvatore “Sonny” Bono, and the rest was history. Partnered in career and in marriage, “Sonny and Cher” recorded five albums between 1965 and 1973. Six of their songs made it to the top ten on the pop charts, including the #1 hit “I Got You Babe.” They were also the stars of the popular CBS-TV variety series “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” in the early 1970s.
Cher released her first solo album “All I Really Wanna Do” in 1965. By the time she divorced from Sonny Bono in 1975, she already had three #1 hits as a solo artist: “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” “Half-Breed” and “Dark Lady.” She would add five more top ten pop hits to her solo repertoire: “Take Me Home,” “I Found Someone,” “If I Could Turn Back Time,” “Heart of Stone,” and the #1 smash “Believe.” An additional seven songs charted in the Top 40. Cher has the distinction of having a #1 single on at least one Billboard chart in each of the past six decades. Her most recent hits were on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play charts; from her current album Closer to the Truth, “Woman’s World” rose to #1 while “Take It Like a Man” charted at #2.
In addition to her singing career, Cher is well-known as a style icon (due to her partnership for over 40 years with designer Bob Mackie) and an actress. She enjoyed a successful acting career starting in the 1980s, with well-received roles in the films “Silkwood,” “Mask,” “Suspect,” “The Witches of Eastwick,” “Moonstruck,” and “Mermaids.” She won Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress for “Silkwood” and “Moonstruck,” while also winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for “Moonstruck.” She also won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for “Mask.”
A longtime gay ally, Cher won the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in 1998. The older of her two children, Chaz, is a transgender rights activist; her younger child, Elijah, is a rock musician.
Cher’s Dressed to Kill tour has received rave reviews at nearly every stop she’s made so far. For example, Joey Guerra wrote in the Houston Chronicle, “There’s no one quite like Cher. And there’s nothing quite as spectacular as a Cher show.” Crowds in Florida will enjoy so many favorites from Cher’s extensive repertoire. If the set list from the first night of her tour is any indication, Florida fans should be in for a treat: from her current album, fans will enjoy hits like “Woman’s World,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Take It Like a Man,” and “I Hope You Find It.” Her hits from the 1960s, such as “The Beat Goes On” and “I Got You Babe,” as well as the 1970s, like “Dark Lady” and “Half-Breed,” also make appearances in this show. Her 1980s resurgence songs, such as “I Found Someone” and “If I Could Turn Back Time,” will also be in the show. Finally, who can forget “Believe” and “Strong Enough,” songs that featured prominently in her last two tours. This description is just an idea of what to expect when we get to see her live; there’s definitely more in her show than just those songs!
Tickets for Cher’s Dressed to Kill tour went on sale in Florida in October 2013 and sold out for both locations within 15 minutes of becoming available via ticketmaster.com. Tickets have been sold back and refunded since that time, so if you want to go, you’re in luck. Tickets begin at $109.55 for the Orlando tour date, and they begin at $180 for the Sunrise tour date. For more information on these tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.