Five years after the runaway success of Songs for Nobodies, Joanna Murray-Smith, Bernadette Robinson and Simon Phillips team up once again for Pennsylvania Avenue, a brilliant new music theatre work currently playing at the Sydney Opera House until 22 May 2016.
The final box is packed and the door is open, but Harper is not quite ready to leave. Having worked in the East Wing since the first weeks of the Kennedy presidency, there are just too many memories holding her back.
For forty years she watched history being made. And listened to it being made, too – all those singers who sang for the President, defining the times while creating their unforgettable moment.
In Pennsylvania Avenue, audiences are treated to a new collection of iconic singers whose relationships with the White House spanned from concert recitals to friendships, Presidential endorsements to tabloid speculation.
With Robinson’s unique talent in mind, Joanna Murray-Smith has created a seamless narrative entwined with music that blends show business with political history, channeling the voices of Barbra Streisand, Eartha Kitt, Sarah Vaughan, Diana Ross and more.
Bernadette Robinson’s renowned power of transformation in evoking the great divas of our time is the stuff of legend. Her sell-out one-woman shows include:You Might As Well Leave, Calling all Angels and Patsy Cline: Her Songs, Her Story.
Playhouse – Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point (Sydney)
Season continues to 22 May 2016
Information and bookings: www.sydneyoperahouse.com
Image: Bernadette Robinson in Pennsylvania Avenue – photo by Jeff Busby