It’s a case of Cher and share alike for singer Elly Jarmain as the end of her first season in Trevor Chance’s Legends show comes to an end.
But strutting her stuff at Sands Venue, on Central Promenade, as the ageless pop icon is a far cry from Elly’s first musical experience.
“I started to learn the piano at the age of six and five years later auditioned for the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester,” she said. “They asked if I had a second instrument and somehow I ended up as an opera student.
“Singing, playing and writing music has always been my biggest passion and my piano is still my best friend.”
But the best laid plans don’t always work out in the expected way.
“I discovered the tribute industry 16 years ago whilst singing in a funk band,” she said. “People kept remarking on my similarity to Madonna in voice and appearance, so it wasn’t long before I was out on the road striking a pose in a white net Boytoy skirt, crucifixes and a Gaultier-style pointy bra.”
So why the change from the Material Girl to one of the world’s most glamorous 69 year olds?
“It was always in the back of my mind that I would one day impersonate Cher,” Elly said. “Her hits are so enjoyable to sing, especially the rockier ones from the 1980s like Turn Back Time and I Found Someone.
“She doesn’t take herself at all seriously and wears the craziest, most ridiculous costumes which makes for a very fun show.”
With career highs including the Luminati Music Festival in Toronto and the purpose-built Opera Lesna stage in the middle of a forest in Poland, how’s she enjoyed the season at Legends?
“The Legends team are such a talented bunch of people – it’s great to be surrounded by that level of creativity every day,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun and a real pleasure to contribute my part to the whole production.
“Interacting with a band and dancers of such a high standard is exhilarating - you really feed off each other’s energy onstage.
“Also it’s good to have input from other professionals on my performance. I want to continue to improve and to keep on top of my game and having a fresh perspective helps me to do that.”
Elly’s back on stage in Legends from Thursday.