The Nina and me promises to move and entertain you. The show documents the life of Karen Underwood, an ordinary African American woman, who has found herself in Ireland for the past 21 years. She asks the audience “Why would you leave America and live in Ireland? “ Karen is a witty and playful storyteller punctuating her autobiography with the music of Nina Simone.
Speaking about her adopted home, and her transformation into a Chicago diva, Karen says:
“I am delighted to bring Nina and Me to Portico. During my early days, in the back of the Cork Opera house, I found my craft. In Cork, I came to know myself and the life and music of Nina Simone. Along with a group of the country’s finest musicians, I can’t wait to share my journey – all of the highs and lows – with my adopted people in a country that I have grown to understand and love. ”
Accompanying Karen on her will be the acclaimed Musical Director John O’Brien on piano, Fionn O’ Ceallachain on drums and Dave Whitla on bass guitar.