Songs for no­bod­ies

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

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.

Photo / Sup­plied

Ali Harper stars in the Court Theatre pro­duc­tion of Songs for No­bod­ies in Taupo¯ on Oc­to­ber 24.

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