Cher says Sonny Bono would be 'laughing his a-- off' over her Broadway show (Exclusive)

Cher says her late ex-husband, Sonny Bono, would have really gotten a kick out of her getting her very own Broadway musical!

"He is laughing his a** off somewhere," the iconic songstress told ET on opening night of The Cher Show in New York City on Monday.

Bono was her husband from 1964-1975. The pair not only performed together, but they also hosted a variety program, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, from 1971-1974. He died tragically in a skiing accident in 1998.

Cher also offered some of her own reactions to the show, admitting that, at times, it gets difficult watching her life story play out on stage.

“Many times, in many places, it's a little bit much, you know?” she explained. “And sometimes I just come out of myself and I'm having a great time, and the actors are so good that they are scary for me, sometimes.”

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Musical duo Sonny Bono And Cher dancing at the party following the premiere of the movie 'Dr Dolittle', at the Hollywood Paramount Theatre, CA, December 21st 1967. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
12th December 1967: A headshot of married American pop singers Cher (left) and Sonny Bono (1935 - 1998) of the pop duo Sonny and Cher at an S.D.G. party for actor James Coburn. Cher has bangs and a bouffant ponytail on top of her head; she wears dramatic eye makeup and false eye lashes. Sonny wears a bohemian peasant blouse with floral embroidery. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 12 Singer Sonny Bono and singer Cher on June 12, 1977 arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL -- 'The Phyllis Diller Happening' Episode 1006 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sonny & Cher: Cher, Sonny Bono -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Close-up of Sonny Bono and Cher head-to-head, looking upward. (Photo by Arnaud de Rosnay/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 19: Sonny and Cher on THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR. Image dated May 19, 1967. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
British model and actress Twiggy (right) with American singing duo Sonny Bono (1934 - 1998) and Cher at an outdoor party given to welcome Twiggy to Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, April 30, 1967. Sonny and Cher are wearing matching saffron outfits of a thick patterned material. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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1970: Sonny (1935-1998) and Cher Bono pose for a promotional photo for 'The Sonny and Cher Show' in 1970. (Photo by Martin Mills/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Hollywood: Sony Bono and Cher Allman, failled to attain success in separate show business careers following their estrangement and divorce, said a press conference they are getting back together next year in a new television variety show. They emphasized that the reunion was soley for business purposes. Remarriage was not in their future, they said.
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CIRCA 1978: Entertainers Sonny Bono & Cher attend an event in circa 1978. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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(Original Caption) Sonny and Cher are together again- on television and briefly July 14. After Sonny Bono finished performing on the Tonight Show, Cher came on as a surprise guest. It was assumed that Sonny knew that Cher, his former wife, was going to come on, but actor George Segal, guest host, didn't. Sonny and Cher were divorced June 27th. Cher married Greg Allman June 30th and there were reports that she filed for divorce nine days later.
Portrait of singing duo Sonny Bono and Cher, wearing formal dress on an outdoor patio, circa 1975. (Photo by Archive Photos/Moviepix/Getty Images)
Cher and Sonny during Sonny Bono and Cher Arrive at JFK - July 20, 1977 at JKF Airport in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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ET also caught up with Jarrod Spector, who plays Bono, at the show’s after-party, where he opened up about getting direction from Cher herself during preparations for the production.

“She's really gracious, she's very forthright, which you would expect from watching her interviews,” he shared. “I think that's one of the wonderful things about her, is she doesn't pull punches. She's always really genuine, that's who she is.” 

He also offered an example of how her honesty helps make him a better performer.

“She's been so complimentary and overwhelmingly sweet to me, but there are times where she's like, 'It was hard to watch. I was unnerved… It was... eerie, to watch you,’” he said. “Those are the moments where I'm like, I know it's eerie. I know it's weird. But I think that means I'm doing my job right."

Spector also quickly addressed the controversy surrounding Kanye West, who was caught using his phone during the show.

“It was just a quick goof, and honestly, he was standing and applauding at the end,” Spector said. “So I'm just glad that everyone in the audience, him included, enjoyed it.”

Spector had called out the 41-year-old rapper on Twitter for his behavior, writing, "Hey @kanyewest so cool that you’re here at @TheCherShow! If you look up from your cell phone you’ll see we’re doing a show up here," Spector tweeted. "It’s opening night. Kind of a big deal for us. Thanks so much."

The “Famous” rapper quickly responded with an apology, lavishing praise on the cast.

"The dynamics of Cher and Sonny’s relationship made Kim and I grab each other’s hand and sing 'I got you babe,’” he wrote. "Please pardon my lack of etiquette. We have so much appreciation for the energy you guys put into making this masterpiece."


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