Ali Harper

Previous Cabaret Shows

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Ali was excited to launch her double CD Naughty and Nice in the first few months of 2013. The album was released on the 23rd of April 2013. The recording weekend was booked for March, with a fantastic team of musicians.

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‘Ali Harper is wonderful. Looking a little like Marilyn Monroe meets Doris Day, Harper uses her powerful, true voice to good effect’
Christchurch Star
 

Ali specifically designs the entertainment to suit the venue and occasions
Ali has an array of entertaining cabaret shows at her disposal, and provides unforgettable entertainment for any size venue.  Highlights include the recent Naughty and Nice cabaret shows and Life is not a Dress Rehearsal with pianist Richard Marrett at the Christchurch Cabaret Festival.  Ali also performed in popular Jazz nights with her 5 piece band at Wellington’s Sandwiches Nightclub and Bar.

Ali’s other shows The Lady and Her Tramps and her 1950s jazz tribute Peel Me a Grape, have appeared at Downstage Theatre, The Wellesley Club, The Wellington Club, The Soundshell in the Wellington Botanical Gardens, The Wellington Jazz Club and at The Garibaldi Club in Wellington. 


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Ali is available for Corporate and Private Functions and Festivals. Please refer to the Corporate page for more details, or contact Ali directly for more information.

 

Past events (please scroll down) 

 

Legendary Divas, The Great Hall, Christchurch, February 19, 2017

A fund-raising concert for the restoration of The Great Hall. 

With its incredible acoustics and historic ambiance, the fully restored great hall was the perfect venue for this special fundraiser, with proceeds going towards the Arts Centre restoration.

- An 80 Minute show with 20 minute interval

- All Proceeds going to the Friends of the Arts Centre

- Tickets were $50pp

 

Legendary Divas, Rangiora, February 18, 2017

Ali took her popular 'Legendary Divas' show to the Rangiora Town Hall in February

“Legendary Divas is a memorable night of great music and song from a New Zealand legend, Ali Harper.”

Gail Pittaway, Theatreview Hamilton, 2015  

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Christmas Joy, December 2016

Ali was joined by Matthew Pike, Richard Marrett (on Piano) and 12 year-old Lily Barrowcliffe at The Piano, one of Christchurch's newest performance venues.

A full house of appreciative audience members enjoyed a fun and occasion, full of festive songs and personal favourites.

 

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This song (O' Holy Night / Hine e Hine) is from the Christmas Joy concert in Christchurch New Zealand, 18/12/2016.  It features Ali Harper, Matthew Pike, 12-year old Lily Barrowcliffe... and Richard Marrett on Grand Piano.

 

 

 

Legendary Divas, July - October 2016

Ali brought her popular 'Legendary Divas' show to Circa Theatre for 4 weeks.  We were excited to bring this show to the Capital and meet up with old friends in the process :-) 

She also took the show to the Kaipiti Coast's Southwards Theatre in August at the back end of the Circa season, and Palmerston North on October 2.

Ali talks about her upcoming season at Circa Theatre (Wellington) and Southwards Theatre (Paraparaumu).

 

 

This One's for You, Christchurch, June 2016

 At Christchurch's Transitional Cathedral.

Three of New Zealand's finest voices unite to present a collection of timeless songs.

International recording artist Will Martin, along with Canterbury’s own Ali Harper and Rebecca Nelson come together for a world-class performance for the people of Christchurch, incorporating a variety of musical genres from Classical to Jazz, Musical Theatre and Popular Music.

Will, Ali and Rebecca will be joined by the Choristers of Christchurch Cathedral for what promises to be an extraordinary evening of music.

 

 

 

26th March 2016

Tauranga Jazz Festival - Naughty and Nice - Concert

From the festival website:

The effervescent award winning Actress and Singer Ali Harper performs a concert showcasing her double album "Naughty and Nice".  A chocolate box selection of blues, gorgeous sultry ballads with French and Latin flavours and Ali's own deliciously naughty slant on some of the greatest story-telling songs.

Naughty and Nice appeared at The Metropolitan Room in New York in 2013 and 2014 to much acclaim. She received Actress of the Year at the United Solo Festival in New York in 2014.

"Ali Harper lights up every room she enters, owns every stage she steps upon, and steals every heart that hears her sing." Alex Rybeck, New York, 2013

Accompanied by a stellar 7-piece band of NZ's finest jazz musicians.

 

 

 

05th - 7th November 2015

New Plymouth - Legendary Divas - Cabaret 

Legendary Divas made an appearance at 4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth November 5 -7 for 3 performances.

Legendary Divas is a show which celebrates all those legendary women that inspired us with their music... talented, hardworking, original and courageous women who gave so much no matter the price.  

Ali was joined by David Sidwell on piano. 

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 "The promo line of “Quiet please there's a woman on stage” is litotes in Ali Harper's Legendary Divas. She dominates this delicious evening out. She sings divinely. She shares snippets of women's lives in between singing their songs and her rapport with the audience is infectious"

Ngaire Riley, Theatreview 

 

16th - 17th October 2015

Hamilton - Legendary Divas - Cabaret 

Ali-Cat Productions was thrilled to bring Legendary Divas to Hamilton (Clarence St Theatre) on the 16th October at 7.30, and 17th October at 2pm and 7.30pm for 3 performances.

 
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Hamilton Audiences in for a dose of Divas

 

"Singer and entertainer Ali Harper is a very clever and imaginative artist. She also
possesses a rich, powerful and controlled vocal"
Steve Scott, Hamilton News

 

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"Her energy is phenomenal, while her warmth and ability to work
with the band and to the audience is delectable"
Gail Pittaway, Theatreview 

 

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10th May 2015

Christchurch - Legendary Divas - Cabaret 

Quiet please, there's a lady in the house.... 

Back by popular demand, Ali brings back her Legendary Divas show for two shows only, on Mothers Day Sunday the 10th May.  

Performances will be at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at the Court Theatre.

 

"Loud applause for this generously gifted actress, with an all-enveloping voice that can take us 
with her no matter what she sings,is a further extension of the celebration of song that she offers"
Lindsay Clark, Theatreview

Click here to see a full review of the show. 

 

This show not to be missed... Join Ali as she celebrates those legendary Divas that we grew up with. Shirley, Dusty, Judy, Vera, Doris, Peggy, Dolly, Edith and many more...

The Divas are coupled with an equally legendary 8-piece band led by Ali's Musical Director Richard Marrett.

"Ali Harper lights up every room she enters, owns every stage she steps upon and steals every heart that hears her sing"

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25th March 2015

Ashburton - Legendary Divas - Cabaret  

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A RED CARPET CABARET EVENT JUST FOR YOU.

From the Ashburton Event Centre website...

The gorgeous Ali Harper fresh from performances in New York is bringing us her amazing show Legendary Divas.  Here is your chance to dress up, get a group of friends together and enjoy a memorable night out with one of the entertainment worlds best, at this Cabaret Event.  Ali will sing songs backed by her amazing 8 piece show band, from such Divas as Shirley, Barbara, Judy, Dusty,Vera, Doris and many more including favourites from Mamma Mia in a full on stage show.

The auditorium will be converted to allow Cabaret Tables of six so you and your friends can enjoy a night out you wont forget. There is also the option of sitting in the remaining theatre seats. 

From the moment you arrive at the Event Centre you will realise you are going to be part of something very special with a Red Carpet Entry and Concierge on hand to assist you from your vehicle. Enjoy cocktails at the bar or take them to your seat before the commencement of the show, then sit back and enjoy.

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Moyra Whiting, Ashburton, 29th March 2015

Ali Harper is a diva in her own right... powerful, in control, gorgeous and every bit the ultimate character.

 

 

 

 

7th April 2015

New Zealand Jazz and Blues Festival - Christchurch  

George and Ira Gershwin will always be remembered as the songwriting team whose voice was synonymous with the sounds and style of the Jazz Age. Ali Harper selects her special favourites from their extensive song book including Fascinating RhythmS’WonderfulI Loves You Porgy and Someone to Watch Over Me. Join this award winning songstress for a spell-binding night as she interprets the rhythm of the age through songs from musicals and films.

The New Zealand Jazz and Blues Festival, 7-12 April 2015.

Ali is performing with pianist Michael Lawrence at the Dormer Jazz Cabaret Club, The Arts Centre, Worcester Boulevard

The show starts at 7pm, 7th April.  Click on the following link for ticketing information

http://www.jazzfestivalnz.com/events/ali-harper/.

 

01st March 2015

Christchurch - Legendary Divas - Cabaret 

Quiet please, there's a lady in the house.... 

Ali celebrated those legendary Divas that we grew up with. Shirley, Dusty, Judy, Vera, Doris, Peggy, Dolly, Edith and many more...

The Divas were coupled with an equally legendary 8-piece band led by Ali's Musical Director Richard Marrett.

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24th October 2014

New York - Down Under Diva - Cabaret

Ali returned to the internationally acclaimed Metropolitan Room in NYC with her Cabaret show 'Down Under Diva'.

She teamed up again with some of NYC's finest musicians: Musical Director & pianist Alex Rybeck, Sean Harkness on guitar, Jered Egan on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums, and will be directed by Lina Koutrakos. 

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25th September 2014

Ashburton - An evening with Ali Harper - Cabaret

Ali was again joined by renowned pianist Richard Marrett in an enchanting evening of song... a cabaret show like no other !!

"Ali’s interpretations of songs such as Evergreen, Diamonds are Forever, Songbird and Shadow of your Smile were the essence of what the evening was all about - an opportunity for Ali to showcase her individuality in the best possible way.  Her ability to use acting skills as she sings serves only to enhance what is already world class entertainment".

Moyra Whiting - Ashburton

See the full review from Moyra here (word doc)

 

21st September 2014

Christchurch - An evening with Ali Harper - Cabaret

A full house at the Court Theatre enthusiastically applauded Ali and her 4 piece band... Special guest appearances by Fiona Pears and Naomi Ferguson was also warmly received !!

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This event is supported by Singapore Airlines

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17th September 2014

New Plymouth - An evening with Ali Harper - Cabaret

Ali teamed up again with pianist Richard Marrett in an enchanting evening of song... a cabaret show like no other !!

At 4th Wall Theatre New Plymouth.

An intimate and memorable evening!!

 

9th August 2014

Christchurch - Unforgettable Nights - Concert

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9th May 2014

Dunedin - An evening with Ali Harper - Cabaret

Ali entertained the Dunedin crowd with a number of her favorite songs from years gone by - accompanying her on piano was the fabulous Richard Marrett.

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 "Ali Harper owns every space she enters, whether in theatre, cabaret or as a recording artist. The Dunedin audience during her recent ‘An Evening with Ali Harper’ concert were spellbound as she presented a thoroughly entertaining show full of insight to some of her experiences through song, comedy and narrative".

 Doug Kamo, Director DKCM Ltd12th May 2014

 

 

 

8th December 2013

Melton Estate Cabaret - Winery dinner and Show

Ali showcased her new album Naughty & Nice to a very warm and appreciatice crowd at Melton Estate.  The show was accompanied by a delicious winery 2-course meal.  

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14th July 2013

St Barnabas Church rebuild 

Back by popular demand. Ali performed with pianist Max Tocker to help raise funds for the earthquake stricken church.  The event was completely sold out.

 

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27th June 2013

Down Under Diva - The Metropolitan Room, New York.

 Ali was excited to be going to New York and perform at the world famous Metropolitan Room, to showcase her new double album Naughty & Nice.  

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"Ali Harper lights up every room she enters, owns every stage she steps upon,

and steals every heart that hears her sing".

 

Alex Rybeck

 

 

25th June 2013

Bernie's 'sing your heart out' new talent showcase - The Metropolitan Room, New York.

As well as appearing on the 27th of June in her own show, Ali also appeared in a NEW TALENT SHOWCASE on the 25th June.

This was a great opportunity for the audience to see up-and-coming talent in the NYC area. Some of the hottest performers sang their heart out at the New Talent Showcase. This show was videotaped and watched by several music industry professionals looking to find the next BIG STAR. 

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The way it worked was as follows:- If 5 people came to support Ali she got to perform 1 song... if 10 people came she got two songs etc...

It was a great opportunity for Ali, and maybe one day someone will say, "I knew them when..."

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8th June 2013

The Golden Age of Hollywood - with the CSO

A luscious concert with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra featuring Hollywood stars of yesteryear such as Marilyn, Judy and Frank just to name a few.  Ali was in great company singing with Tim Beveridge, Jess Segal & Nic Kyle in a fabulous setting at Wigram Air Force Museum.

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19th May 2013

Naughty and Nice - The Court Theatre

Wow !! What a way to wind up this first series of concerts. A completely packed (sold out) house at the Court Theatre was treated to an action packed night… the sound, lighting, muso’s and musicians were again first rate… and the buzz in the crowd was electric. A fun night was had by all… Thank you Christchurch !!


A perfect lead-in for Ali to head to New York to showcase “Naughty & Nice: A Diva down under” :-)

  

 




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Christchurch Star Review

 

"From the opening Jazz Standard 'Teach me Tonight' through to raunchy

 

blues encore 'Dr Long John' the audience was mesmerised".

 

Jo-Anne Fuller

 

18th May 2013

Naughty and Nice - Rossburn Receptions

A great crowd came out for the show at Rossburn Receptions. The atmosphere was warm and enthusiastic - perfect for the cabaret setting at the venue. The musicians, sound, lighting and singers were first class and the crowd was positively bubbling after the performance :-)

 

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11th May 2013

Naughty and Nice - Old St Pauls

Another great crowd at Old St Paul’s… great to see some old faces that managed to come along !! As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

Unfortunately… somebody went and put a lil Rugby League match on at the same time (just around the corner)… Waza’s or Warriors or something like that… but in true style the band played on to a warm & receptive audience… 

A great night had by all, and we say farewell to our wonderful Wellington based musicians… and hello to our Christchurch colleagues for next weekend!!

 

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10th May 2013

Naughty and Nice - Southwards Theatre

A warm and receptive crowd for the opening show for the Naughty & Nice Concerts. Stunning performances from world class musicians (as well as Ali and Matt) had the crowd baying for more. 


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09th February 2013

Mercedes Car Club 40th Anniversary

Ali was invited to perform at the 40th Anniversary of the Christchurch Mercedes Car Club.  A lovely evening for a cabaret style performance.  Ali first of all perfomed a set with professional backing tracks, and then later on performed with Liz Braggins to a very attentive and appreciative audience.

 

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27th January 2013

Porsche Car Club Cabaret

Ali was invited to perform at the annual Porsche Car Club Convention.  A lunch-time gig surrounded by fantastic cars.  A lovely BBQ lunch was also put on by the car club members.

 

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October 4th 2012

James Bond Concert

Celebrating 50 years of James Bond at the CBS Arena with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

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Click on any of the following links to see:YouTube action of Ali in the concert

 
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September 2012

Ali Harper in Concert - Wellington

Ali performed to appreciative audiences at the Old St Paul's in Wellington, and the Paekakariki Memorial Hall.  

Ali weaved her way through a selection of songs from leading ladies of Stage and Screen. Included were songs made famous by Doris Day and Edith Piaf, as well as gems from Nat King Cole, Shirley Bassey and Eva Cassidy.

With special guest Matthew Pike (Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Cabaret), and accompanied by Max Tocker. 

Review: http://robin.hosts.net.nz/~admin219/ali-harpers-triumph/

 

Feedback from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

"Thank-you Ali for your generosity of spirit in supporting CF.

It certainly boosts our morale to know there are people like you in the community".

Caroline Wagteveld McKenzie

 

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 "Ali Harper is an outstanding singer by any standards and would not be out of place on Broadway or in the Albert Hall"

Roger Childs

Kapiti Independent News

 

29th July 2012

St Barnabas Fundraising Concert

For the rebuild of St Barnabas Church, 8 Tui Street, Fendalton.

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“She engaged fully with the audience in what was a very pleasant and intimate setting and the audience responded with tremendous appreciation – the enjoyment was written on the faces of everyone! Thank you Ali for your fantastic talent and willingness to help our parish!” 

Mark Chamberlain
Vicar of Fendalton

 

13th May 2012

Mother's Day Concert

Ali perfomed with the fantastic Tom Beveridge in the foyer at the Court Theatre.  Accompanied by the master on piano Richard Marrett, Ali & Tim perfomed some of their favourite songs from Gershwin to Lloyd Webber.

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November 2011

Melton Estate Winery - Cabaret

Back by popular demand - Ali performs a Cabaret show over a meal and wine.  Accompanied by Max Tocker.

 

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5th October 2011

Lighthouse Showcase Charity Concert

A concert for Mongolian students hosted by Rangiora High School. 

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“MAGNIFICENT. You made the concert fabulous. The audience adored you. What an incredible entertainer you are.”

Helen Lord: Organiser.

 

10th July 2011

Melton Estate Winery - Cabaret

Ali performs some of her favourite songs over a lovely meal and wine at Melton Estate Winery.  Accompanied by Max Tocker.  The lunch and show were completely sold out !!

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07th July 2011

Carry on Court - One Night Only

A fundraising concert for the Court Theatre's new home.... an action packed night to an appreciative audience (at the Aurora Centre). 

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03rd July 2011

Nic Kyle - In from the Woods

A guest appearance in a series of concerts by Nic Kyle, in a temporary venue (in Hagley Park) due to the Christchurch Earthquakes. An intimate evening of classic jazz and show tunes. 

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February 2011

Australian High Commission concert

A heavily pregnant Ali managed to entertain and delight the dignitaries at the concert.

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“Your performance contibuted greatly to the event and was thoroughly enjoyed by all our guests”.

HE Paul O’Sullivan AO : Australian High Commissioner

 

4th September 2009

Broadway Babes

A 6 month pregnant Ali performed in a evening of show stoppers - with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, at a packed Christchurch Town Hall.

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November 2007

Nunsense

Ali's first foray into Directing !! A fun production with a group of performing arts students.

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October 2007

Another Right Royal Gala

A star studded line-up at the Opera House in Wellington.

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September 2007

WPAC Cabaret Show

Ali made a guest appearance at the end of year cabaret show.

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