The Doris Day show

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

At the peak of her ca­reer Doris Day sang Ev­ery­body Loves A Lover.

The catchy 1958 chart-top­per was the singer’s last Amer­i­can top 10 hit, but thanks to the BBC’s pe­riod drama Call The Mid­wife, it’s en­joy­ing a re­vival.

That’s one of the songs Ali Harper per­forms in her tour­ing show, A Doris Day Spe­cial at the Re­gent On Broad­way this Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Ali’s trib­ute is a one-woman mu­si­cal play based around a 1971 Hol­ly­wood tele­vi­sion spe­cial. The theatre au­di­ence be­comes the TV au­di­ence as Ali per­forms the great Doris Day num­bers, in­clud­ing the nos­tal­gic end of World War II favourite Sen­ti­men­tal Jour­ney, along with Se­cret Love, Just Blew In From the Windy City, Pil­low Talk and Que Sera Sera – while re­veal­ing sto­ries about the per­former’s off-cam­era life.

Born in 1922, Doris is now 94, and Ali met the star on her 92nd birth­day.

‘‘It was ac­tu­ally a sad life but there’s a lot to cel­e­brate,’’ Ali says. ‘‘She was a woman who sur­vived. I love sto­ries about women who do amaz­ing things in un­for­giv­ing cir­cum­stances.’’

Res­i­dent singer for four years on Danc­ing With The Stars, Ali has toured New Zealand in Chess, Evita, Blood Brothers, Pi­rates of Pen­zance and Ok­la­homa, per­form­ing her solo show Bomb­shells at Cen­tre­point in 2007.

Book­ings for this Sun­day’s 4pm A Doris Day Spe­cial are at Tick­etDirect.

Ali Harper as singing and act­ing star, Doris Day in the tour­ing mati­nee per­for­mance of A Doris Day Spe­cial

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