Cher continues to defy age and expectations

Last year was indisputably good to Cher. Her latest album of ABBA covers debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s album chart and cracked the top five in six other countries. The album follows her supporting role in the box office hit sequel to Mamma Mia! in which she sings “Fernando” with leading actor Andy Garcia. She borrowed the title of her latest tour from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, a string of concerts that recently led her to Australia, where audiences were enraptured by her covers of “Fernando,” “SOS” and “Waterloo,” not to mention earlier classics like “Believe.”

Now she’s back in Las Vegas, where she kicks off the spring dates of her Classic Cher residency at Park Theater at Park MGM. Expect the aforementioned covers, plus a few more if Cher takes advantage of being in one venue for nine straight shows and adds more ABBA numbers. The marriage of Cher’s instantly recognizable voice and the music of Sweden’s superstar vocal group of the ’70s is a natural fit despite the songs being harder to sing than she originally thought, as she revealed in a press release. She was happy with the results, though, and so were her fans.

The album was celebrated with parties in LGBT communities across the U.S. Meanwhile, Cher’s own life inspired theatrical musical The Cher Show, which premiered in Chicago last June, and opened at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre in early December. To top off 2018, she received that year’s Kennedy Center Honors in Washington D.C. in December along with singer Reba McEntire, jazz musician Wayne Shorter and composer Philip Glass. Will Cher wind up starring in the inevitable film version of The Cher Show? How could it turn out otherwise? –Matt Kelemen

Park Theater at Park MGM, 8 p.m. March 13, 15-16, 20, 22-23, 27 & 29-30, starting at $73.35 plus tax and fee. 844.600.7275

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Classy but unpretentious. This is the essence of the NoMad Bar. And there’s no better way to experience the New York City import than by attending its Sunday Jazz Brunch (11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun.). But if you’re just looking to hang out, order one of their signature cocktails and day drink to the gypsy jazz sounds of Hot Club of Las Vegas. –Alex Haase

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry

Looking for some traditional Irish eats on St. Patrick’s Day? You’re in luck! Head to Beer Park at Paris for its twist on corned beef and cabbage—the meat and veggie recipe comes in egg roll form. For a steakhouse experience, head to MB Steak at Hard Rock Hotel, March 15-17, for its stout-glazed beef brisket with cider-braised Brussels sprouts and colcannon Irish potatoes. –Kiko Miyasato

Beer Park, 702.444.4500; MB Steak, 702.483.4888

More Merry

Wait, we have even more St. Patrick’s Day holiday eats to enjoy! Head to Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile Shops, March 15-17, for its Rueben-style torta with corned beef and a corned beef quesadilla. A live DJ performs over the holiday weekend, along with green beer served throughout the day. Also over the weekend, Crush at MGM Grand will serve Irish Stout lamb stew along with a specialty cocktail, the Irish Julep. –KM

Cabo Wabo Cantina, 702.385.2226; Crush, 702.891.3222