For years, I’ve been mercilessly mocked by my friends for advocating a CD series called Now That’s What I Call Cher!, which would essentially take the concept of Now That’s What I Call Music, but instead compile the biggest radio hits of every era as covered by the Oscar-winning star of Moonstruck. This pitch is usually followed by me attempting to imitate Cher performing Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City” or Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” or Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” and everyone’s stunned realization that, in fact, her throaty warble fits every genre perfectly! (Yes, this is the most embarrassing/gayest sentence I have ever written for PopWatch.)
Imagine my shock, then, when on a recent visit to Metafilter, I was directed to a YouTube video of Cher’s version of West Side Story — in which she plays every single role. According to the folks at Just Plain Cher, the performance was part of a 1978 ABC special (called, naturally, Cher), and I hereby pass the insanity on to you all. Check out part one below, and part two (after the jump), and if you have any words to describe your feelings, do
cher share them with your fellow PopWatchers.