Cher: Extravaganza Live at the Mirage

You can keep the serious actress: Cher is never more riveting than when she’s playing Vegas. Cher: Extravaganza Live at the Mirage, a fantastically silly concert video features our empress of ersatz at her mock-rock best, energetically vamping through 13 tunes ranging from flagrant hack work to such classic rock as Bob Seger’s ”Fire Down Below” and the Eagles’ ”Take It to the Limit.” Of course, with Cher, no matter what the material is, it will come out sounding variety-show vapid. But that’s her charm. She delivers everything with such goofy zest and knowing camp it renders every performance irresistible. How can you not love Cher blithely deflating Springsteen’s ”Tougher Than the Rest”? Or claiming that she’s ”no stranger to the street” in ”I’m No Angel,” as if she’d arrived fresh from the bus station? Add to this plenty of soft-porn choreography and a hideously garish stage, and you have the Cher we really love. A

Cher: Extravaganza Live at the Mirage
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