Nina Kristofferson to Tour Billie Holiday Story in U.K.
16 Jan 2014
Nina Kristofferson is to launch a U.K tour of her self-penned one-woman show Billie Holiday Story that she originally debuted at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe, before a season at London's Charing Cross Theatre last year.
She will begin the tour at Aylesbury's Waterside Theatre April 1, before visiting Bromley, London's Wimbledon Theatre, Grimsby, York, Woking and Birmingham.
Described in press materials as a theatrical cocktail of songs and stories from Billie Holiday’s extraordinary but tragically short life that follows her journey poverty to stardom, it features some of her greatest songs, including "Strange Fruit," "God Bless the Child," "Lover Man", "Don't Explain" and "All of Me."
Kristofferson is joined by a band of jazz musicians led by MD/pianist Allan Rogers and featuring Martin Shaw on trumpet, Albert Gaza on tenor sax and clarinet and Phil Donnelly on double bass.
In a press statement, Kristofferson has commented, "I first heard Billie Holiday on the radio when I was very young and immediately fell in love with the song ‘God Bless the Child’. I remember singing along with her using my hairbrush for a mic! Then came my first opportunity at drama school to sing some jazz so I chose ‘Strange Fruit.' I wanted to know all there was to know about Billie Holiday and the more I learned the more I loved her."
"I studied her voice, tone, emotions, breathing, mannerisms, relationships and her look. The research helped me to understand her, feel her, and act the part more truthfully. I love Billie Holiday because despite the heartache and the pain she went through, she still had a passionate love for life. She touched my soul deeply through the good times and the bad. Billie was a survivor, a strong woman, beautiful, graceful, emotional, delicate and vulnerable with a great sense of humor."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.