When I read that a show is 'back by popular demand', I usually put it down to marketing hype. In this case, though, I think it's probably true. Having seen this show once, I would be first in line to see it again.
There simply isn't an easy way to describe The Piano Diaries. I can tell you it's the story of one woman's life, told via song. But that brief sentence entirely fails to capture how enjoyable the experience was.
If Joanna Weinberg was just a writer, her story would shoot to the top of best-seller lists. As she's a singer and actress as well, the words are enriched by an eclectic mix of songs, which wander freely across genres, styles and instruments to keep the audience captivated from beginning to end.
Supported by a talented trio of musicians, Joanna's story takes you from Europe to the heart of Africa, and over to Australia. She is a consummate performer, who has plucked the most fascinating tid-bits from a fascinating life, to put together an hour-and-a-half of entertainment that flies by all too quickly. A powerfully personal show.
Most of the songs are available for download here. Or, you can buy the whole album.