The night to fall in love, again

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Billed as a ‘‘daz­zling evening of cabaret and glam­our’’, Jen­nifer Ward-Lealand brings her show about screen le­gend Mar­lene Di­et­rich to How­ick’s Uxbridge Theatre this Satur­day night.

Known for her ‘‘bed­room eyes’’, the New York Times de­scribed Di­et­rich as a mag­netic movie star and singer who be­came an in­ter­na­tional sym­bol of glam­our and sex. Di­et­rich shot to in­ter­na­tional fame in the 1930s star­ring in Hol­ly­wood films such as Shang­hai Ex­press. She died in 1992 aged 90.

In Fall­ing In Love Again, Ward-Lealand wears recre­ations of Di­et­rich’s gowns and brings the glam­orous star back to life by singing high­lights from her films, con­certs and record­ings. Songs in­clude those by com­posers Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Fred­eric Hol­lan­der, and Pete Seeger.

De­vised and first per­formed by the cel­e­brated New Zealand ac­tress more than 10 years ago, Ward-Lealand says Fall­ing In Love Again has been in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar. ‘‘We love per­form­ing it and best of all peo­ple leave the theatre hav­ing had a great night out.’’ Past re­views say the ‘‘au­di­ence laughed, swayed and got moist in the eyes... Jen­nifer WardLealand’s per­for­mance was scin­til­lat­ing’’.

Ward-Lealand presents Fall­ing In Love Again at Uxbridge Theatre on Satur­day, Septem­ber 9. For more in­for­ma­tion, phone 09 535 6467.

STUFF

Jen­nifer Ward-Lealand wears recre­ations of Di­et­rich’s gowns in the show, at How­ick’s Uxbridge Theatre this Satur­day.

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