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audience behavior - The Cher Show
Last Edit: mikem 05:19 pm EDT 08/25/19
Posted by: mikem 05:16 pm EDT 08/25/19
In reply to: Bat out of Hell - Leon_W 04:24 pm EDT 08/25/19

I had a similar experience with my audience neighbors at The Cher Show. The woman next to me literally said, "Oh my god" at least 15 times in the first 5 minutes of the show, including a run of "ohmygodohmygodohmygod" when Stephanie J Block first came on stage, interspersed with "I can't believe this," woo-woos, etc, etc. It was very annoying, but she was SO excited, and frankly the show didn't require a huge amount of concentration. When the lights went down, she was literally bobbing up and down in her seat in anticipation. I knew if I said something, it would probably embarrass her and ruin the experience for her. I got the feeling that this might have been her first Broadway show, and she just didn't know how the audience usually acts.

Fortunately, she calmed down considerably after the first segment of the show, to a point where it was only mildly distracting.

Then, during the finale "concert" segment, another neighbor, who had been silent throughout the show, sang "Believe" in an extremely off-key, loud voice along with Stephanie J Block. Since it was supposed to be a concert, it kind of added to the concert atmosphere. And she was also SO excited (and so silent for the first 95% of the show) that it didn't bother me that much.

As for the show itself, I wonder how much it might have changed if it had had one more out-of-town run. I read that Teal Wicks's part got considerably smaller after the Chicago run, with Block taking over earlier in the show, and at least one of her songs being removed entirely ("After All," which is one of my personal favorite Cher songs). I didn't see much point in Wicks's role at all. It should have gone straight from "Baby" Cher to Block. The "three Cher" concept didn't really work for me, and making it two Chers in linear fashion would have been much better IMO.
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