PREVIEW: Songs for Nobodies, Wilton’s Music Hall

Wilton’s Music Hall will present the European premiere of Joanna Murray–Smith’s one woman show from the 21st March. 


Directed by Priscilla Queen of The Desert, the Musical’s Simon Phillips and performed by Bernadette Robinson, Songs For Nobodies is Joanna Murray–Smith’s new play featuring the music of five iconic divas.

The lives and music of Judy Garland, Pasty Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas is brought to life in this new one woman show, taking audiences on a musical and emotional journey with five short stories following the word’s greatest divas and their extraordinary encounters with normal women.

Talking about  the show, director Simon Phillips said: “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.”

The show blends the lines between superstardom and the everyday with Bernadette Robinson bringing each character to life from the  smoky blues of Holiday to the thrilling soprano of Callas via Garland, Cline and Piaf.

Recounting intimate tale 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.

Songs for Nobodies will play at Wilton’s Music Hall from the 21st March until the 7th April. For more information and to book tickets visit:

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