Northlight Theatre to Present Songs for Nobodies
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, opens its 2021-2022 season with Songs for Nobodies, written by Joanna Murray-Smith, directed by Rob Lindley, with music direction by Andra Velis Simon, and featuring Bethany Thomas. Songs for Nobodies runs September 23 - October 31, 2021 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie.
This one-woman tour-de-force celebrates the iconic work of Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas. Share in the unexpected encounters between these legendary divas and the ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brushes with fame. Featuring such favorites as "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Crazy," and "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do," Songs for Nobodies illuminates the power of song to share a story, heal a heartbreak, and inspire a dream.
"Over the last year and a half, we have streamed and zoomed our way into your homes through computers, ipads, or cell phones. But we are artists that have dedicated our careers to live performance, and though it was briefly enjoyable to put our work into the ether, we were missing the most important ingredient in our work-the audience! We missed the laughter, the gasps, the murmurs of audiences beginning to unwind the dramatic knot the playwright has tied. We missed the applause of appreciation for our work, and the observations at post-show discussions. It is the interaction between audiences and artists that fuels our passion for this art form; it is our oxygen, and in the last year and a half we have been fighting for breath," comments Artistic Director BJ Jones. "We return joyously with the amazing Bethany Thomas whose artistry is thrilling and in Songs for Nobodies, her talents are on full display. It's a perfect and uplifting way to gather in our theatre. See you in the lobby!"
Songs for Nobodies features Bethany Thomas. The creative team includes Jeffrey D. Kmiec (Scenic Design), Mieka van der Ploeg (Costume Design), Jesse Klug (Lighting Design), and Lindsay Jones (Sound Design). The production stage manager is Rita Vreeland.