A few years ago, I just knew Michael Goodman from his hugely successful PR Company: Goodman Public Relations. Little did I know that the quiet, organized and professional businessman had an alternate personality as a Cher impersonator! It’s amazing how Michael transforms himself with lavish costumes, fabulous wigs, and great shoes to become Cher! As he is about to give two local performances at Winterfest White Party on October 26 and W Fort Lauderdale’s Night of 1000 Chers on October 27, I thought this was the appropriate time to sit down with Michael and get all the info on how he became Cher!
When was the first time you were in drag?
I dabbled in drag for fun periodically from the mid 2000’s, but mostly on Halloween. However, when I became part of the Lips Fort Lauderdale family it blossomed.
When was the first time you did Cher?
It happened nearly six years ago as I was invited to a Las Vegas style party where you had to come as your favorite celebrity. I hired Diva (aka Thomas Mitchell) to create me as Cher, as that seemed the natural celebrity for me based on my facial features and my love for Cher.
How did it go at the party?
Everyone loved it and I was amazed that it was really me. The rest is history!
When was the first time you performed as Cher?
Not long after that party I took the stage at Lips which gave me my wings. I love my Lips family and till this day I perform there periodically.
How did you go about perfecting Cher?
I have been a huge Cher fan since I was a kid and followed every word and move she ever made. I take it very seriously. Plus, I am lucky to live in South Florida where there are so many great entertainers who I watched and learned from.
When was the first time you got paid to be Cher?
My first paid gig was a Bridal Expo, and then my life changed when I met a great performer and make-up guru Kevin Wiley and got hired by Dan Gore as a cast member of Oscar’s Cabaret in Palm Springs which I enjoyed for two years.
What has been your favorite gig so far?
Working as Cher at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is amazing as they give me the opportunity to do a full show (video, lights, dancers and great sound). The production is what I am all about. I love when I can add choreography and costume changes to give the full Cher effect!
Have you met Cher?
I had the pleasure of meeting Cher twice, but my first encounter was the most memorable, which landed me backstage at the American Music Awards during her first live performance of “Believe.”
What does the future hold for your second career as Cher?
I want to continue to perform with more elaborate costumes and even bigger productions. I would love to take the stage here more and abroad so there is definitely more to come!
To find out more about Michael Dean as Cher or to book him, go to: MichaelDeanasCher.com.
What People are saying about Michael as Cher:
“Doing events at the Seminole Hard Rock involves securing exciting and talented performers for our guests to enjoy. One of my favorites is Michael Dean as Cher. We usually have trouble convincing guests that he is not really Cher, they demand a meet and greet! His show is fun and professional. Michael takes us down memory lane through the various phases of the talent that is Cher. Magic!”
Susan Renneisen, VP Community Affairs and Special Events
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
“Michael Dean is a consummate professional. He is part of a niche business and its very important to hire not only talented performers of his caliber but also ones that can meet/greet and be relevant with your special guests. He is “Cher” and he delivers an authentic portrayal of her and also is extremely professional for your extreme VIPs.”
Dan Gore, Producer
“Michael Dean as Cher has truly been a tremendous asset for our annual fundraiser event, Cuisine For Art. The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, like many other 501(c)(3) organizations, often struggles to raise money for annual general operations. After return appearances by Michael Dean as Cher as our featured entertainer, we have experienced a quantifiable increase in audience attendance and generosity. Michael Dean as Cher ensures a high energy entertainment highpoint!”
Joy A. Satterlee, APR
Executive Director, Art and Culture Center/Hollywood