Songs for Nobodies
Thursday 4 January 2018
Off-West End - Play with songs - Shows
Australian hit Songs For Nobodies, starring Bernadette Robinson, gets its European première at Wilton's Music Hall from 21 March 2018.
Wilton's Music Hall will host the European première of Songs For Nobodies (running 21 March - 7 April), a brand new play with songs featuring music from five iconic divas: Judy Garland, Pasty Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas.
The show stars the uniquely talented Australian singer and actor performer Bernadette Robinson and is written by award-winning playwright Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Priscilla Queen of The Desert, the Musical's Simon Phillips.
Accompanied by live musicians, this funny and moving performance was written especially for Ms Robinson who takes audiences on a musical and emotional journey with five short stories following the word's greatest divas and their extraordinary encounters with normal women - the "nobodies."
Blurring the lines between superstardom and the everyday, Ms Robinson seamlessly brings each character to life as her remarkable control of tone, accent and vocal style perfectly inhabits each legendary singer.
From the smoky blues of Holiday to the thrilling soprano of Callas via Garland, Cline and Piaf, Ms Robinson's miraculous voice breathes new life into the five legendary performers and the five ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brush with fame.
Recounting tales of their encounters is the heartbroken bathroom attendant who mends Garland's hem the night she performed at Carnegie Hall, the backing singer who lives a dream with Cline the day she's killed in a plane crash, the ambitious New York Times reporter assigned to interview Holiday, the Irish nanny who witnessed the fraying relationship between Callas and her shipping magnate and the English librarian who talks of how the 'Little Sparrow' rescued her father from a concentration camp during the war.
Director Simon Phillips comments ...
"Ever since I sat stunned at a Bernadette Robinson concert not believing my ears, I wanted to create a show for her, something that put her miraculous ability to reincarnate the great singing voices of the past into a rich theatrical context.
So I knocked on the obvious door.
Joanna Murray-Smith places the dramatic focus not on the stars themselves but the unknown women for whom these fragile singers were sources of strength."
Author: Joanna Murray-Smith
Director: Simon Phillips
Wilton's Music Hall
1 Graces Alley (off Ensign Street)
London E1 8JB
21 March to 7 April 2018
£20 - £35 full price, £17.50 - £32.50 concessions