Songs for nobodies
Award-winning NZ actress and singer Ali Harper is to perform the highlyacclaimed Court Theatre production of Songs for Nobodies in Taupo¯.
Featuring five lifechanging encounters between legendary divas and the everyday women whose lives they touched, this production is interspersed with the songs that made Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holliday and Maria Callas icons. That one actress can play all these different women is spellbinding.
The show includes songs such as Patsy Cline’s Crazy, Judy Garland’s Come Rain or Come Shine and Edith Piaf’s Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien. There are also wellknown songs from Billie Holiday and Maria Callas which are structured into the play delivering an emotional pay-off.
Awarded Best Actress at the United Solo Festival in New York in 2014 with another of Joanna MurraySmith’s one woman plays Bombshells, Ali Harper has been invited back to the New York United Solo Festival this year as an Encore performer and is taking Songs for Nobodies to 42nd Street.
“In my 25-year career, there have been a handful of scripts that have come my way and have felt like a gift.
“Songs for Nobodies is one of those gifts. I love the way the show poignantly explores the uncanny influence that chance encounters, both directly and indirectly, play in our lives,” she says.
The show is a Court Theatre Production directed Ross Gumbley with musical direction by Richard Marrett.
Ross says it’s been an exciting journey.
“Seeing the reaction that this exceptional play, performed by a truly gifted performer, draws from an audience is fantastic.”
Ali is currently touring
Songs for Nobodies around New Zealand and looks forward to bringing the wonderful female characters to Taupo¯.
“Songs for Nobodies boasts a stunning script which perfectly marries the incredible power of music.
“It will reach out and grab your heart. It will hit you on a comedic level, an intellectual level and on a spiritual level,” she says.
Songs for Nobodies runs at the Great Lake Centre on Wednesday, October 24 at 7.30pm.
Tickets are $39 Adult, $35 Senior/groups of 6+, $20 Student, plus service fees.
Ali Harper stars in the Court Theatre production of Songs for Nobodies in Taupo¯ on October 24.