by MK Scott
For two performances only, more than 200 singers from Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) will bask in six decades of #1 hits. ‘Believe: The Music of Cher’ runs at Seattle’s McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.) on March 30 at 8pm and March 31 at 2pm. It features a special appearance by the nation’s premier Cher impersonator Chad Michaels who hair-flipped his way to the championship of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.’
With 100 million albums sold and countless reinventions, no other diva compares to the Goddess of Pop and her groundbreaking success as a music, movie, and style icon. ‘If I Could Turn Back Time,’ ‘Believe,’ and ‘Strong Enough’ are just a few of the Cher hits SMC will perform. As always, SMC packs their performances with all the songs, sparkle and sequins you’d expect for the ultimate tribute.
I had a chance to chat with Michaels via email. Here is the transcript of our conversation:
MK Scott: Looking forward to seeing you perform with the Seattle Men’s Chorus. What can we expect?
Chad Michaels: I’m thrilled to be returning to The Great Northwest and to be working with the Seattle Men’s Chorus!! The guys are doing a tribute to Cher and I’ll be the creamy filling between sets!! It’s going to be Cher-rific!!
MK: Will you be singing with the chorus or lipsyncing? With Cher, being the main focus, what inspired you to have a career as Cher?
CM: The art of celebrity impersonation has been the focus of my career and Cher is one of many Divas in my repertoire. Cher is an Icon and for me continues to be a source inspiration and someone whose legend I’m honored to portray. I will, however, leave the live vocals to the chorus professionals and be lip-syncing for my life!
MK: Since, your national debut on ‘Drag Race,’ what has been the best thing to come out of it?
CM: ‘Drag Race’ has been an amazing journey since my appearance on S4. I’ve met so many amazing friends and fans around the world and been given a platform to create my art. I’m grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way and I’m proud to be one of Rupaul’s All Stars.
MK: As Cher, what is your opinion on Trump?
CM: I’ll be voting Trump out of office with the rest of the mentally competent American people in 2020. He deserves no comment or remark.
MK: What is next for you?
CM: I’ll be heading out on a European tour of ‘Burlesque’ with Farrah Moan as Christina Aguilera in April produced by KlubKidz UK and you can also catch me in an upcoming Net Flicks series!
MK: You and Cher have met. What has been the best advice you have gotten from Cher, herself?
CM: Cher has never really given me advice, but she has always been a doll when I have had the opportunity to meet with her face to face. After coming to see me perform in LA once she tweeted that I was a ‘genius’!! Forget the advice, I’ll take the validation!!! Can’t wait to see you Seattle!!!
Tickets to McCaw Hall Seattle performances are $25-$81 and available at www.seattlechoruses.org or over the phone at (206) 388-1400. The Seattle area box office is open Monday through Friday, 11am-6pm.