A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins
by Stephen Temperley
Directed by Spiro Veloudos
Music direction by Will McGarrahan
Season Sponsored by Lee & Diana Humphrey and Bank of America
Running time: 2 hours with 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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