You’re invited to join me for a ‘truly virtuosic performance… a masterclass’ (★★★★★ London Theatre 1) with Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas, care of the West End transfer of Songs for Nobodies.
On stage for 90 minutes accompanied by live musicians and ‘performed with astounding versatility’ (★★★★ The Reviews Hub), award-winning Australian singer and actor Bernadette Robinson‘s miraculous voice shifts from the smoky blues of Holiday to the thrilling soprano of Callas, via Garland, Cline and Piaf.
With consummate ease, Robinson breathes new life into the five legendary performers and the five ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brush with fame. The piece was written specifically for Robinson by award-winning Australian playwright Joanna Murray Smith, whose hit play Switzerland precedes Songs for Nobodies at the Ambassadors.
This ‘tour de force’ (★★★★★ Broadway World), showcasing Robinson in her critically-acclaimed one-woman performance of a lifetime, is ‘a fabulous story’ (★★★★ The Times).
Returning due to phenomenal demand, Songs For Nobodies transfers for this limited West End season following its European premiere in 2018 at Wilton’s Music Hall and international touring success.
For the Q&A after the 7.45pm performance of Songs for Nobodies on Friday 11 January 2019, I’ll be joined by Bernadette Robinson for an intimate and in-depth discussion.
This sounds like such a fascinating piece – and I’m looking forward to making my Q&A debut at the Coronet. Now a beautiful theatre, I also have such fond memories of seeing films at this renowned address when I used to live in west London and it was my local cinema.
In The Glass Piano, receiving its world premiere at the Print Room at the Coronet, Princess Alexandra thought her life would never change, living in the palace with her father, the hopeless poet King Ludwig, her maid Galstina, and glimpses of her mother as she runs across the lawn.
And of course, there’s the matter of the grand piano made of glass that she swallowed as a child, sitting inside her at all times. But when Lucien Bonaparte arrives, suddenly anything seems possible…
Laced with dry humour, Alix Sobler’s accomplished play transports you to a 19th-century Bavarian palace to find four characters trapped by their situations, and prevented from fulfilling their dreams of love.
The Glass Piano is directed by Max Key, who was Olivier nominated for It Is Easy To Be Dead at Trafalgar Studios, described by Michael Billington as “a beautifully orchestrated production” in a five-star Guardian review.
Princess Alexandra is played by Grace Molony (Best Actress at The Stage Debut Awards in 2017) alongside Timothy Walker, Laurence Ubong Williams and Olivier Award winner Suzan Sylvester. A new lyrical score, composed by Gabriel Prokofiev (grandson of Sergei Prokofiev), is played live on stage by prize-winning concert pianist Elizabeth Rossiter.
For my second post-matinee Q&A at Soho Theatre this summer, I’m thrilled to be able to talk to the stellar company for the European premiere of this important musical about twentieth-century LGBTQ history…
Millennial fashion designer Wes has just purchased an abandoned building, but little does he know that this forgotten gem was the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant 1970s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, starting an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration in the summertime heat with the rush of lust, sex and incense mixed in the air.
Max Vernon‘s provocative new musical The View UpStairs, a hit Off-Broadway in 2017, is inspired by the true story of the 1973 arson attack that was the largest single attack against the LGBTQ+ community until the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Florida in 2016.
Filled with a collection of beautiful love songs and power rock ballads, this is a musical about friendship, community, how far we’ve come and how far we still have yet to go. It is a story of hope, and it’s a rainbow rollercoaster you do not want to miss.
This European premiere production, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle features Evening Standard Award winner Tyrone Huntley as Wes and American stage and screen star Andy Mientus as Patrick, along with John Partridge, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Cedric Neal, Declan Bennett, Derek Hagen, Garry Lee and Joseph Prouse.