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Cyndi Lauper

Cher is still a survivor at Staples Center

Cher is still a survivor at Staples Center

Cher has been a would-be has-been for so long that it’s hard to remember a time when she wasn’t proving she’s still got it.

On Monday night, nearly a decade after the conclusion of her so-called farewell tour in 2005, the 68-year-old pop legend brought a new road show to Staples Center. The arena was full, and so was the stage -- with acrobatic dancers, a seven-piece band and, for one sequence, the detailed makings of a late-19th-century circus. The tour’s name, D2K (for Dressed to Kill), ensured an array of extravagant costumes as well.

“It’s really nothing,” Cher said with a wave to her surroundings following an opening number that...