Maureen Barnett (played by three-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara) was once a singer renowned the world over. Now, though, things couldn't get much worse. She's stuck performing in dives, her daughter hates her, and she’s recovering from a severe nervous breakdown that leaves her petrified in front of large crowds. Prospects couldn’t look bleaker, when in walks Amelia Storm (Academy Award winner Shirley Jones), an aging chanteuse, offering Maureen the ability to see into the future. Maureen reluctantly accepts and finds herself haunted by visions of something dreadful happening to her daughter Holly, who is soon abducted and held for ransom.
Enlisting the aid of a freshly retired policeman turned private eye named Henry Powell (Emmy winner Ed Asner), Maureen goes on a dangerous journey to get her daughter - and her confidence - back at all costs.
From its atmospheric opening to its shocking conclusion, RRCA’s Songbird is a sharp comic mystery filled with laughs, romance, two-fisted action, and winning performances from Shirley Jones, Ed Asner, and Kelli O’Hara.
©2011 Larry Weiner (P)2011 Radio Repertory Company of America
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