‘The Cher Show’ sews up costume designer Bob Mackie
He’s got you, babe.
Bob Mackie’s costumes, including three sketched here, help tell the story of Cher’s multifaceted life.
(Bob Mackie/The Cher Show)
Cher’s longtime go-to fashion designer and costumer Bob Mackie has officially joined the new biomusical “The Cher Show,” set to open on Broadway in the fall.
Who better, really? For more than 40 years Mackie, aka “sultan of sequins” and the “raj of rhinestone,” has dressed fashion maverick Cher in some of the most iconic and flashiest showstopping outfits ever seen on stage.
“The first time I dressed her she was guest-starring with Sonny on ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’” Mackie told the Daily News in an earlier interview. “I put her in a little outfit, it wasn’t much of anything, a dress with a bustle in the back.
“It wasn’t exactly a creative moment,” he added, “but Cher and I got on and she asked for me when she and Sonny started doing their summer specials. That was 1971.”
Now, 47 years later they’re still going strong. The new musical, which will play a pre-Broadway run in Chicago in June, follows different stages of Cher’s life.
The “nude” dress Cher wore when she won an Oscar in 1988 is an iconic Bob Mackie look.
Those three chapters will be threaded together with Cher hits like “I Got You Babe,” “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Take Me Home,” “Believe,” and “If I Could Turn Back Time.”
The show’s designers will also include Christine Jones and Brett Banakis (sets), Kevin Adams (lighting) and Nevin Steinberg (sound). They join the previously announced creative team that includes director Jason Moore, book writer Rick Elice, choreographer Christopher Gattelli and music supervisor Daryl Waters.