Natalie Cressman, trombonist and vocalist for the Trey Anastasio Band, is heading to Broadway to join the pit orchestra on trombone and bass trombone for the recently opened musical, The Cher Show. Debuted at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre on June 12th, the show ran for a month with a widespread positive response. Moving to New York City’s Neil Simon Theatre, The Cher Show will begin previews on November 1st, with the official debut Broadway performance set for December 3rd.
Depicting the life of legendary singer and performer Cherilyn Sarkisian—known to the world as Cher—the musical hops between three different periods of the Goddess of Pop’s life—”Babe”, “Lady”, and “Star”. The show is directed by Jason Moore and stars Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond as Cher’s in the shows’s three different eras of its subject’s life. Cher and Allman Brother’s Band founder Gregg Allman were briefly married from 1975 and divorced soon after in 1979, which the musical hones in on for a segment. Broadway veteran Matthew Hydzik (West Side Story, Grease) will play Allman’s part in The Cher Show on Broadway.
With shows scheduled from December through May, this announcement seems to preclude any Trey Anastasio Band shows in early 2019, at least with the regular horn section of Natalie Cressman, Jennifer Hartswick, and James Casey. It does, however, still hypothetically leave a window for TAB performances in early summer 2019.
Watch video of the final scene of The Cher Show from earlier this summer in Chicago below:
The Cher Show – “Believe” (Final Scene)
[Video: Cher Now]
For tickets and more information on The Cher Show, head to the event’s website.