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  • October 20, 2017 - November 19, 2017

    SOUVENIR

    A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

    by Stephen Temperley
    Directed by Spiro Veloudos
    Musical Direction by Will McGarrahan

    Season Sponsored by Lee & Diana Humphrey and Bank of America

    Production Sponored by Paul & Liz Kastner
    Director Spiro Veloudos sponsored by Mary K. Eliot
    Leigh Barrett sponsored by Mary Shaw
    Will McGarrahan sponsored by Jon-Daniel Durbin

    Runtime: Approximately 2 hours, including one intermission
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    Spiro Veloudos is thrilled to be able to remount one of his favorite productions in celebration of his 20 years as Producing Artistic Director.  Souvenir is an affectionate portrait of Florence Foster Jenkins, one of the finest coloratura sopranos in history -- but, alas, only in her own mind! Despite being called "majestically awful," her concerts in the 1930s and '40s, including a legendary appearance at Carnegie Hall, were not only sold-out but were attended by the crème de la crème of Manhattan society. Told affectionately through the eyes of her longtime accompanist Cosme McMoon, Souvenir is the sweet, inspiring, hilarious portrait of a passionate music lover who believed that "what matters most is the music you hear in your head."   Featuring Leigh Barrett & Will McGarrahan recreating their acclaimed performances.

    “A brilliant performance by Leigh Barrett!” — Boston Globe        “Will McGarrahan is the best!” — Theater Mirror

     

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