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Cher actresses

Teal Wicks, from left, Stephanie J. Block and Micaela Diamond star as Cher in "The Cher Show," coming to Chicago on June 12. The trio visited The Oriental Theatre Tuesday for a Welcome Press Conference.

Iconic entertainer Cher's life will be celebrated in a new show that opens in previews soon in Chicago.

"The Cher Show" runs June 12 through July 15 at Chicago's Oriental Theatre. It's an authorized bio-musical of the life of singer Cher, the former Cherilyn Sarkisian. The production traces every aspect of her life and career.

On Tuesday, cast members and members of the creative team visited Chicago for a Welcome Press Conference at the theater.

Among team and cast members in attendance were stars Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond, the trio that play Cher in various time periods of her life. Producers Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller; book writer Rick Elice; director Jason Moore and choreographer Christopher Gattelli were also in attendance.

Legendary costume designer Bob Mackie also visited the Oriental Theatre for the event. Other cast members included Jarrod Spector, who stars as Sonny Bono and Michael Berresse, who plays the role of Mackie and other characters.

"It's an honor to play Sonny Bono," said Jarrod Spector. He added that Bono as well as Mackie were "two of the most important men in Cher's life."

Mackie encouraged people to "come and see the show." The renowned designer said he feels the cast is doing an amazing job bringing his friend and longtime client to life.

There are 350 costumes Mackie has created for the new production, which is having its pre-Broadway premiere in the Windy City.

"I'm way behind," Mackie laughed about the costume creation.

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Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.