Popular demand brings Ali Harper back to town
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.