Malibu Seen: Cher—Let’s Get This Party Started!

Longtime resident Cher joins Meryl Streep on the Blue Carpet. 

It seemed an unlikely musical blockbuster, but years later here we go again for another round of the smash hit “Mamma Mia!” This time, Malibu’s Cher joins the cast as Ruby Sheridan. The singer plays the newly committed, uninvited grandmother of Amanda Seyfried.

The 72-year-old diva is joined by Malibu neighbor Pierce Brosnan, who plays Sam, as well as Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Lilly James, Julie Walters, Andy Garcia and Christine Baranski.

Cher has said getting the role of Ruby was a surprise after being unkindly told that people were “over her.” Over Cher? No way!

In fact, the “Do You Believe” singer was totally inspired by the celluloid experience, got to show off her acting chops and decided to take it a step further—she has a new record on the way.

After doing “Fernando” in the new movie version, Cher decided it would be a great time to release an album of ABBA songs. Plain-talking Cher simply said, “I thought it would be really fun thing to do, so I did it.” And you can be sure that Ms. Cher will put her own spin on the flick’s catchy tunes. So, expect an only Cher version of tunes like “Waterloo” and “Dancing Queen.”  At the “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” premiere, the superstar said she just “wants to keep dancing and singing,” with this new inspiration she has no plans on calling it quits. And the “Mamma Mia” project was a blessing. She worried she wouldn’t have anything to do and is happy to prove her detractors wrong.

She arrived on the azure carpet in a slinky black dress and a massive headful of dark curls. There she was greeted by an indigo-clad Meryl Streep and a big smooch. “There are so many people here,” said Cher. “I am so surprised.”

On screen, Cher takes on a totally different look as a blonde bomb and exercises her famous pipes and one-of-a-kind style. Like the original, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” maintains its vocal roots with its familiar toe tapping, hand waiving ‘70s and ‘80s Europop themes with a good dose of great choreography in the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi. With its breathtaking Aegean seas and spectacular landscapes, you can’t blame this impressive list of A-list actors to come rushing back for more.

So, if you are in the mood for something light and uplifting this summer, check out MM2.

As they click their glasses and say cheers at dinner here, “May the rest of our lives be the best of our lives. Opa!”