From Kerik­eri to 42nd Street

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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