There’s The Cher Show on Broadway, but have you heard about the other Cher show? As in Cher Horowitz, the Beverly Hills princess who rules the 1995 teen rom-com Clueless? She’s sort of a Mean Girl, but actually has a heart of gold, trying to solve everyone’s problems—even as she pines for a love of her own. A major hit in its time that has only grown in cult status, Clueless has undergone a totally awesome makeover as an off-Broadway jukebox musical.
The film’s writer-director, Amy Heckerling, adapted her screenplay for this version, but directing duties go to Kristin Hanggi, who staged the head-banging ’80s jukebox hit Rock of Ages for a six-year run on Broadway (“Rock and comedy in perfect proportion!” yours truly raved in 2009). Hanggi knows how to balance nostalgic pop and campy stage fun.
Fans of the movie know that the soundtrack is packed with hits such as “Kids in America,” “Supermodel,” and “Rollin’ With My Homies,” but what will they hear in the show? Will Cher (Dove Cameron, a total Betty) take center stage and belt an eleventh-hour ballad titled “Clueless”? That would be so not dope.
Instead of new (possibly cheesy) tunes, the score is comprised of tracks from the period, including “Beautiful Life,” “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” “She’s So High,” and “You Get What You Give.” Some songs will be stand-alone numbers, others will be featured in medleys. So if you don’t hear every phat beat of MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This,” don’t go ballistic (that’s what Spotify is for). Indeed, “Kids in America,” “Supermodel,” and “Rollin’ With My Homies” do figure into the action, so rest assured, if you wore out the soundtrack on cassette (yes, tapes were still around then), you will have a clue as to what song may be coming next.
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