The true life story of a wealthy society eccentric who suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano when in fact she was incapable of producing two notes in tune. Part of Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
If you've never heard of Florence Foster-Jenkins, you're not the only one. She was a socialite and wannabe opera singer in the 1800s who still sold out shows at Carnegie Hall despite her lack of talent. She supported the arts scene in New York City, and her performances were mostly frequented by friends who didn't have the heart to tell her the truth about her awful voice.
Souvenir is told through the eyes of Jenkins' accompanist Cosmé McMoon. Although the pair did not have the talent they had in their own imaginations, the bizarre dynamic between the two makes the show one of the more hilarious musical theater acts. And be sure to bring your earplugs for Jenkins' memorable "singing."
The Village Playhouse's own Susie Hallatt and Randy Risher will play Jenkins and McMoon, respectively.