Dou­ble trou­ble woman

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

AUCK­LAND Fes­ti­val’s cabaret stage in the fa­mous Speigel­tent will be home to ac­tress Jen­nifer Ward-Lealand not once, but twice, as she per­forms two shows for the event.

The Grey Lynn res­i­dent will be per­form­ing her sell­out Mar­lene Di­et­rich trib­ute show Fall­ing in Love Again this Sun­day in a mir­ror tent made in Europe. It stands right by the en­trance to the Red Square in Aotea Square, the hub of the fes­ti­val.

Ms Ward-Lealand has en­joyed play­ing Di­et­rich since star­ring in a play about the Ger­man cabaret star in 2003.

“Af­ter I did the play I re­alised, I can’t let this go. So I did some re­search.”

Au­then­tic­ity is at its peak for Ms Ward-Lealand’s act as she cap­tures Di­et­rich’s style and glam­our in a venue once per­formed in by Di­et­rich her­self more than 70 years ago.

“It’s given me a great chance to tin­ker with the show and get it just right,” she says.

Ms Ward-Lealand will also per­form her new show The Look of Love, Evoca­tive/Provoca­tive, for the first time in Auck­land on March 19.

“I’ve never done a sea­son of this in Auck­land, but the theme is around love.

“It’s not a bunch of sappy love songs though.

“It’s about love in all its guises, lusty, des­per­ate, un­re­quited, re­ally all the highs and the lows.”

Ms Ward-Lealand is joined by mu­si­cal di­rec­tor and pi­anist Grant Win­ter­burn and bassist Aaron Cod­del and says the 23 songs she will per­form all tell a great story.

“You need to find a good mix that holds the right en­ergy for the night,” she says.

“They’re all my ab­so­lute favourites that take you ev­ery­where.”

While Ms Ward-Lealand is looking for­ward to per­form­ing at the fes­ti­val, she is also keen to check out some of the other shows.

“I’m re­ally looking for­ward to the En­sem­ble project, Life is a Dream and Back­story, The Andersen Project, The Ar­rival and The Chairs.”

The Auck­land Fes­ti­val starts to­mor­row and runs un­til March 22.

It fea­tures 87 acts, in­clud­ing 27 in­ter­na­tional acts, as well as free work­shops, artists’ talks and sem­i­nars.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.auck­land­fes­ti­val.co.nz.

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