Charissa Hogeland, left, Aléna Watters and Madeline Hudelson all play Cher...

Charissa Hogeland, left, Aléna Watters and Madeline Hudelson all play Cher in "The Cher Show" at Patchogue Theatre. Credit: Jeff Bachner

The Gateway has put the spotlight on Cher this summer with its production of "The Cher Show" at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, but it's audiences who have something to sing about.

For Wednesday night's performance only, Gateway is instituting a "pay what you can" policy to encourage members of the community to see the show. "It's a way to get people who are financially unstable and might not be able to afford to see the show to come to the theater," said Scot Allan, Gateway's director of development.

The suggested ticket price is $20, which is considerably less than the normal cost for seats, which range from $29.50 to $89. For more information, call 631-286-1133 or visit thegateway.org.

Gateway's first pay-what-you-can performance took place in June during its run of "Head Over Heels" in Bellport, and "the response was great," Allan said.

"The Cher Show" stars three actresses who each play a version of the legendary performer at various stages of her life. The show features many Cher hits, including "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "Believe," as well as a host of eye-popping costumes from the Broadway production designed by Bob Mackie.

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