Due to demand: Songs for Nobodies has extended Melbourne season

Songs For Nobodies
Bernadette Robinson in Songs For Nobodies

Due to overwhelming demand, the Melbourne Encore Season of Joanna Murray-Smith’s critically acclaimed one-woman show, Songs For Nobodies has been extended with an additional two weeks on sale.

This theatrical masterpiece stars the extraordinary talented Bernadette Robinson and it returns to Melbourne after sold-out seasons at the Sydney Opera House and Brisbane’s Powerhouse. The extended season will now run from December 21 2011 until January 29 2012, with no further extension possible. A ticket to this show is a perfect Christmas gift for absolutely anyone who enjoys live performance – Songs For Nobodies is a show for everybody.

Premiering in Melbourne in 2010, Songs For Nobodies has garnered astonishing reviews from from critics up and down the east coast of Australia and has attracted a fan base which includes some of the most high profile Australians in the global arts fraternity. Barry Humphries, Rhonda Burchmore and Geoffrey Rush have all spoken out about the brilliance of this work.

“Bernadette’s is a beautiful performance – that rare collision between actress and material that provides an astonishing showcase for her exquisite artistry …with charm and fragility, melancholy, sassiness and beguiling warmth – and that divine chameleon voice.  This show has high-octane fuel.  I imagine that it would light a fuse in Manhattan!” said Geoffrey Rush about the 90 minute work.

In Songs For Nobodies, (commissioned and directed by the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Artistic director Simon Phillips (Priscilla, Love Never Dies) as a star vehicle Bernadette Robinson), Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas touch the lives of five ordinary women and their stories magically combine to create a moving and uplifting theatrical event. Robinson seamlessly transforms, with phenomenal control of tone and accent, to bring to life each nobody and each legendary singer. Her voice shifts from the smoky blues of Billie Holiday to the thrilling soprano of Maria Callas, via Garland, Cline and Piaf, with consummate ease.

Director, Simon Philips said, “When the show opened in Melbourne people were, much to my delight, simply transfixed by it. Many had never heard of Bernadette Robinson, they felt like she was an unknown figure and they’d uncovered a genius. She always got a standing ovation at the end of every show and people were both amazed and exhilarated by what they saw.” Bernadette Robinson’s ‘tour de force’ performance will uplift you and stay with you long after you leave the theatre, and this National Tour 2011 – 2012, with strictly limited seasons in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, is an opportunity for theatergoers to experience “theatrical alchemy” before strong international interest sees seasons confirmed beyond Australian shores.  So make haste to the box office and book your tickets to see this show. It’s an incredible piece of theatre!

Songs For Nobodies is a Melbourne Theatre Company Production and is produced by Harley Medcalf, Duet Entertainment.

The Arts Centre, Fairfax Studio21 December 2011 – 29 January 2012Entire season on sale now. 
Bookings: theartscentre.com.au or 1300 182 183 or visit the Arts Centre Box Office

Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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