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#TBT: Cher—Broadway Baby

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The Cher musical is apparently happening and while the Dark Lady herself will likely not appear in the show, she's certainly got the chops. For two glorious seasons, from 1975 to 1976, a Sonny-less Cher hosted her own variety show, featuring some of the era's biggest stars hoofin' it up and beltin' it out with her. Because I never need an excuse to fall down a Cher-hole on YouTube, here are some of her greatest performances.

"Trashy Ladies Medley" with Bette Midler

Just two classy broads putting the "talent" in multi-talented.

"In the Year 2025," with Elton John, Bette Midler, and Flip Wilson

Except for Flip Wilson being alive, this is pretty accurate. 

"The Lady is a Tramp"

Cher tramps it up as her alter ego Laverne.

"Tribute to Elton John" with the Pointer Sisters

One word: JUMPSUITS.

"Young Americans Medley" with David Bowie

I want to dedicate a national holiday to that wig. 

"What Can I Do for You?" with LaBelle

For one glamorous moment in time, Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash—also known as LaBelle, of "Lady Marmalade" fame—found a kindred spirit equally unafraid of a subtle feather headdress. 

"Shame, Shame, Shame" with Tina Turner

Body! Body! Body! Fringe. Fringe. Fringe.

"I'm a Woman" with Raquel Welch

Half of this performance is catwalking, which is to say, it's perfect.

"Jackson 5 Medley" with The Jackson 5

Between the afros, the bell bottoms, and the blinding number of sequins, this may be the most '70s thing you'll see in your life. Unless a real "jazzed up" Liza Fosse-walks her way onto the stage and starts belting out some Parliament Funkadelic.   

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