The Doris Day show
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