Cher was dressed to thrill for her lavish “Dressed to Kill” show at KeyArena Saturday night.
There was Warrior Queen Cher, who emerged from a Trojan Horse in a golden gladiator outfit and blonde wig. There was Vampire Cher, with an elaborate, bat-shaped headdress and a set of fangs she sank into her not unwilling male escort’s throat.
There was Swinging Sixties Cher, in a spangly red mini skirt and the kind of faux fur coat she and then-husband, the late Sonny Bono, made their trademark attire.
Male acrobats spun in the air, while an energetic troupe of dancers changed outfits nearly as often as the leading lady. Cher even did a duet with Bono, his image projected on the stage’s rear screen, allowing the two to trade lines on their hit “I Got You Babe.”
The razzle dazzle nearly overshadowed her still-strong voice, but she reminded the crowd what a powerhouse she can be.
The show got off to a lively start with “Woman’s World,” from Cher’s latest album, “Closer to the Truth,” dipped back into her catalogue (short versions of ’70s hits “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Dark Lady,” and “Half-Breed” were obligatory) and included such unexpected cover choices as a poignant version of Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis.”
Then it was back to excess, as she recreated the video for her 1989 hit “If I Could Turn Back Time,” from the scenes of battleships and sailors displayed on the rear screens to her revealing black bodysuit with strategic tears.
Cher’s No. 1 dance hit, “Believe,” turned KeyArena into a giant disco, with people in the very back dancing along. And there was one more extravagant moment; Cher soaring on a silver platform above the audience as she sang the wish-you-well number “I Hope You Find It.”
Opening act Cyndi Lauper immediately won over the audience by taking the stage on the eve of Gay Pride Sunday wrapped in a rainbow flag. The set included Lauper’s best-known numbers, like “Time After Time,” and saw her venturing into the audience to lead a sing-along of her celebratory “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”