Pop­u­lar de­mand brings Ali Harper back to town

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New Zealand en­ter­tainer Ali Harper is re-ig­nit­ing pow­er­ful torch songs made fa­mous by well-known le­gendary women, and bring­ing them to the Re­gent on Broad­way on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 2.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of her one-woman Doris Day show, the Re­gent has in­vited Ali back to present her lat­est Le­gendary Di­vas which is cur­rently tour­ing the coun­try to tremen­dous ac­claim.

Re­gent man­ager Charles Forbes says: ‘‘We know the au­di­ence was de­lighted by her trib­ute to Doris Day and we want them to re­turn and ex­pe­ri­ence Le­gendary Di­vas.

‘‘Ali has re­ceived an out­stand­ing re­sponse from crit­ics and au­di­ences alike in other cen­tres. This is a pro­duc­tion that touches all age groups.’’

An award-win­ning ac­tress and singer, Ali says her show pays trib­ute to tal­ented, hard­work­ing, orig­i­nal and coura­geous women such as Shirley Bassey, Dusty Spring­field, Judy Gar­land, Edith Piaf, Barbra Streisand and many more who gave so much of them­selves, no mat­ter the price.

‘‘What I adore about these women is their brav­ery to lay every­thing bare, to wear their heart on their sleeves, she says.

‘‘I re­mem­ber spend­ing hours hid­den away in our fam­ily front liv­ing room when I was a teenager pour­ing through my fa­ther’s record col­lec­tion, ab­sorb­ing the heart and soul of these women.’’

Ex­pect nos­tal­gia, com­edy, au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, a rip roar­ing ‘80s med­ley with a splash of Madonna as well as many sto­ries to en­lighten the au­di­ence – Edith Piaf’s con­nec­tion with the French Re­sis­tance, a Julie An­drews’ My Fair Lady spoof to Dolly Par­ton’s love for nip and tuck.

‘‘Ali Harper is su­perb and ac­cu­rately cap­tures the essence and unique­ness of each of these women,’’ says Charles.

The theatre is as­sured it’s on to a sec­ond win­ner with Trash Test Dum­mies who bring their wheelie bins to the Re­gent at Oc­to­ber 7 at 4pm.

Trash Test Dum­mies are world­class cir­cus per­form­ers who, with their household wheelie bins, take fun to new heights, Charles com­ments.

‘‘Theirs is a fun-filled show which will ap­peal to ev­ery­one. They are zany and ex­tro­vert and com­pletely dif­fer­ent from any other artist,’’ he says.

The three per­form­ers – Jamie Bret­man, Jack Cole­man and Si­mon Wright – are pas­sion­ate about cre­at­ing in­no­va­tive cir­cus and phys­i­cal theatre works that demon­strate the high­est jaw­drop­ping skills and take au­di­ences on a jour­ney into their play­ful imag­i­na­tion where they ex­plore the in­fi­nite uses and ev­ery­day ob­jects in the most hi­lar­i­ous ways.

Book both Trash Test Dum­mies and Le­gendary Di­vas at Tick­etDirect.

Ali Harper, the star of Le­gendary Di­vas.

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