From Kerikeri to 42nd Street
Kerikeri’s Turner Centre will join some very good company when it provides the stage for Ali Harper’s performance of the highly-acclaimed Court Theatre production of Songs for Nobodies on October 30.
Named best actress at the United Solo Festival in New York in 2014 with another of Joanna Murray-Smith’s onewoman plays, Bombshells. Harper has been invited back to this year’s festival as an encore performer, and will taking Songs for Nobodies to 42nd Street, New York.
“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,” Harper said.
Featuring five life-changing encounters between legendary divas and the everyday women whose lives they touched, the production is interspersed with songs that made Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holliday and Maria Callas icons of their age. The fact that one actress can play all those is described as 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, with well-loved songs from Billie Holiday and Maria Callas structured into the play, delivering “an incredible emotional pay-off,” according to director Ross Gumbley.
“I have been so excited to be on this journey with Ali. Seeing the reaction that this exceptional play, performed by a truly gifted performer, draws from an audience is fantastic,” he said.
Harper said the production boasted a stunning script that perfectly married with 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 said. Ali Harper will perform
in Kerikeri on October 20.