Cher in the desert

“I didn’t anticipate the dryness getting to my throat the way it did,” she said. “So when I’m there, I have to kind of live like a nun and not talk during the day, but that’s the only unusual thing.”

That means she avoids spending time on the casino floor, refrains from drinking and generally stays away from the party scene. But the show makes it all worthwhile.

“Look, performers love to perform — that’s the thing that we do,” she said. “I think one of the best things was being able to imagine anything that I wanted, anything that I came up with we could do, because the theater is unbelievable.”