FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – From the small screen to the silver screen, with an unmistakable voice and a sharp wit, Cher is one of the leading living entertainers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Inspiring generations of performers, her body of work has drawn fans since her first single, and her beauty and fashion sense has been the subject of admirers for decades.
Portraying the Oscar, Grammy, and Billboard Icon Award winning superstar is no easy feat.
But anyone at the Flagler Auditorium this past week had to look twice as professional entertainer Lisa McClowry, a singer/songwriter, stage and recording artist and producer in her own right, took the stage for ‘The Beat Goes On: Cher Tribute Show’ show.
“I am actually very impressed. She sounds like Cher, even when she talks. She’s got ‘The Cher’ and she’s doing the costume changes. It’s great,” said Flagler Beach resident Victoria Roach, loving this season’s lineup of shows at the performing arts venue.
“I was at The Eagles last week and we’re hoping Queen comes back again.”
Belting out hits like “Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves”, “Bang Bang”, and “Welcome to Burlesque”, the similarity between McClowry and Cher during the tribute show was remarkable, and patrons took note.
Telling stories from the life of Cher, it was as if the audience was in the presence of the international pop star herself.
“Boy, the first half of this show, that session with the Gypsies, oh my gosh, I loved that,” said Julie Kendall. “That was right in my time. And she’s funny. Even the way she’s talking, she sounds like Cher.”
Drawing audience member ‘Guy’ on stage for a performance of one of her most well-known hits with former husband and 70’s icon Sonny Bono, the duo quipped “I Got You Babe” to applause and laughter.
“I used to watch the Sonny and Cher Show growing up,” shared Marla Singletary, attending with mom Joyce Heath. “It’s nostalgic. I remembered the words this morning.”
Singing along, usher Susan DeToma appreciated the performances on stage and off.
“I think it’s a great show. A lot of enthusiasm, all these people here are jumping and clapping. It’s a very exciting show,” said DeToma.
The Flagler Auditorium keeps the entertainment at high voltage with The Jive Aces on Sunday evening starting at 7:00 p.m. For tickets and details, visit www.flaglerauditorium.org.