Cher: Once A Legend, Always A Legend

Cher: Once A Legend, Always A Legend

Even if she could turn back time, she wouldn't have to.
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Most toddlers love characters like Spongebob or Dora, and watching shows like Sesame Street or Caillou. When I was this age, I loved these typical types of things, too; however, there was one person I loved that I honestly do not think many (if any) other preschoolers do: Cher.

I became a Cher fan when I was four years old, when I would watch my mom’s “Cher: Live in Concert” tape over and over and over again. I clearly remember being fascinated by how she had so many different hair colors throughout the one show, and thinking she had to be the coolest person ever. While most preschoolers favorite song is likely something along the lines of the “ABC’s” or “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” mine was “Believe,” and only has it recently occurred to me how odd this probably was. It did not make a difference, though, because all I knew was that I liked watching the concert, and loved her and thought she was cool. Especially for a four year old, that was really all that mattered.

Today, I cannot say much has changed. I grew up loving Cher and her music, and I still think that she is just as cool now as I thought she was when I was four (maybe even cooler).

This being said, when I found out in the fall that she would be doing residences in Maryland and Las Vegas, and was lucky enough to have my mom have gotten tickets, to say that I was excited would be a massive understatement. After a five month wait that seemed like forever, the day finally arrived on March 17, when I saw her Classic Cher show live at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland.

From the second the show started, I knew that the concert would be as perfect as I have always pictured it to be. After opening with “Women’s World,” Cher went from one of her classic hits to another spanning her nearly six decade career, and mesmerizing the crowd with not only her voice, performance, and the incredible visuals of her show, but also her iconic Bob Mackie costumes. Whether it was her headdress for “Half-Breed,” her Burlesque costume from the 2010 film for “Welcome To Burlesque,” sixties inspired ensemble (fur vest and all!) for the Sonny and Cher set, and, of course, her especially well-known “If I Could Turn Back Time” bodysuit, every costume dazzled more and more. In reality, the whole show was more than just a concert, it was a production of incredible stature that only Cher could put on.

While there were many memorable moments throughout the night, there was one that was by far my favorite. I absolutely love Sonny and Cher, and my favorite song is “I Got You Babe.” Only in recent years has Cher performed this song in her live shows, having found it too difficult to sing for a long time. As soon as those first familiar few notes of the song started, however, it became apparent how special the performance of this song in particular was, and that it would be a moment that I knew I would never forget.

Ultimately, getting to see Cher live was a dream come true, and I hope that I am lucky enough to see her again one day.

All this being said, at the age of 70, there are very few people that can perform shows that are similar to ones they did when they were in their twenties and thirties, but if anyone can, it is undoubtedly Cher. She is truly a legend that has had an incomparable career, and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Why should she? Perhaps she put it best herself in her opening monologue, talking about her age and how she is still performing the same ways she did forty years ago, asking the audience, “What’s your granny doing tonight?”

Cover Image Credit: Samantha Pisano

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

Cover Image Credit: Cincinnati Arts

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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