Cher rocks Borgata with dazzling performance of timeless tunes

Leave it to Cher to bring the party to the next level in Atlantic City.

Coming off of her lauded return to film in "Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again," Cher proved once again that she hasn't missed a beat during two sold-out shows at Borgata's The Event Center over the weekend. 

Before she even took the stage on Friday and Saturday nights, the legendary performer was causing buzz all around Atlantic City as the anticipation for her shows reached fever pitch. She was the talk of the town at The Water Club's outdoor pool, over dinner at Angeline by Michael Symon (which served notable guests this weekend including "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Kim D.) and before the show at Borgata's Gypsy Bar, where guests sipped on cocktails named after Cher's most iconic hits.

As the crowd ascended the escalator to The Event Center on Saturday evening, it was clear that the singer had hoards of lifelong fans (of all ages!) who had traveled from far and wide to see her show. And, surely much to every attendee's delight, when Cher hit the stage in a giant orange wig while singing "Woman's World," every seat in the house at Borgata's venue proved to be a good one.

Over the next hour and a half, Cher strutted her way through nearly 20 of the biggest hits of her decades-long career. Whether it was "Strong Enough," "Walking in Memphis," "The Shoop Shoop Song" or "Take Me Home," nearly every song got the adoring crowd going.

Cher's Style Transformation
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Cher's Style Transformation
Is that a Komondor draped on Cher's lap (see: dogs that look like a mop) or just a way over-the-top fur coat?
Sonny and Cher perform in all white on the "Carol Burnett Show."
Sonny wears a fur vest and matching boots, while Cher went for stripes from head-to-toe.
Cher's outfit is perfectly '60s, with a floral jumpsuit complete with bellbottoms. 
Sonny and Cher pose for a portrait session at home, Cher dressed in firey red.
Cher wears brightly striped bellbottoms, for a portrait session in her home.
Cher is willing to bare her midriff in this matching crop top and pants.
Sonny and Cher in New York City, Cher wearing a casual tied button-up.
Cher attends the Grammy Awards with a large butterfly pin in her hair and bright purple eyeshadow.
Cher goes incognito as she and Chasity are out and about in New York City.
Cher looks like she ought to be at the Kentucky Derby with this oversized hat! But we applaud her for shielding her skin from the sun.
Cher wears an interesting headdress with this large fur coat.
Sheer and sparkling, Cher wears a beaded dress to the Academy Awards.
In a total departure from her usual style, Cher wears a miniskirt and sneakers and ... she's blonde.
Tame that mane! Cher dyes her hair purple, but if that isn't enough, spikes it up like a lion's mane.
Cher attends the Met's Costume Institute Gala Exhibition of "Costumes of Royal India," wearing a sheer top and way too much light makeup.  
Never one to shy away from a crazy outfit, Cher attended the 58th Annual Academy Awards in this risque dress and matching headdress.
We typically throw a blazer on over an outfit to dress it up a bit, but we're not sure it works when you have distressed jeans with hearts on them.
Cher's dress for the 60th Annual Academy Awards is a wardrobe malfunction just waiting to happen!
Well, at least this look is for a Halloween party.  Cher attends Bob Mackie's party for the holiday, dressed as Cleopatra.
Cher attends the "Mermaids" Beverly Hills Premiere in a slightly see-through lace minidress.
Cher is a red vixen in this sparkling number for the filming of "The Player."
Cher wears a long fur coat over a black ensemble for the 1997 Golden Globes.
The lady is definitely proud of her body, wearing another sheer dress to the Academy Awards with an interesting matching hat.
There's a lot of different fabrics and prints going on here for Cher at the 26th Annual American Music Awards.
Cher channels her '60s style when she goes back to blonde for the "Love Rocks" concert to honor U2's Bono.
Blonde works for Cher, but we're not so sure these pants do.
Cher attended the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in a dress that honestly resembled a trash bag! What she or her stylist were thinking is beyond us.
This dress is much better.  Attending the Golden Globes, Cher still keeps it interesting but wears a sleek silhouette.
Cher attends the 38th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Mike Nichols in an intricately designed top with a maxi skirt.
Cher attends the Glamour Magazine 2010 Women of the Year Gala, keeping the rocker in her at the forefront with this leather jacket and pin.
Cher looks lovely in this black and gold dress, keeping her favorite accent (sheer) as a part of it with lace sleeves.
It's official, Cher has tried just about every hair color! She chose a vibrant red for the premiere of "Burlesque."
Back to black and a much more casual look, Cher attends the premiere of "Zookeeper."
We're loving this classic look: all black with a great coat and simple sleek hair.
Cher chooses a lace top with black pants and a blazer for AFI's Night at the Movies.

One highlight saw her singing a duet of "I Got You Babe" alongside a screen showing her late ex-husband, Sonny, while another fun moment came when she sang "Welcome to Burlesque" from the 2010 cult film, "Burlesque," that she starred in with Christina Aguilera.

Curiously missing from her set? Any sign of the ABBA cover album that she announced back in July. Considering that she sings multiple songs on the "Here We Go Again" soundtrack and recently dropped a critically-acclaimed cover of "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!," it was disappointing that Cher didn't add any of those to her set. Surely, ABBA is always a crowd pleaser!

Of course, what took the show to new heights, though, were Cher's signature glitzy costumes, wigs and surprise-filled production. Whether she was rocking a metallic blue flapper dress with a matching wig, riding out onto the stage atop a fake magenta elephant or rocking her iconic sheer black bodysuit with a leather jacket and a giant black perm, the 72-year-old put on an age-defying display through the aesthetics of her show. Even if you came to a Cher concert just to see her estimated 11 costume changes and the thrill of her full-stage production, you wouldn't have left disappointed.

But it was how Cher ends the show that makes it one of the more memorable live experiences you can have: What better way to close a concert than to sing "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "Believe" back-to-back? Answer: There is none.

As the crowd continued to sing "Believe" as we made our way back down to the escalators -- perhaps to hit the slot machines or maybe to catch Cheat Codes at Premiere Nightclub at Borgata -- it became clear that all we really wanted to do was to turn back time and see Cher do her thing all over again.

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