SOUVENIR: A FANTASIA ON THE LIFE OF FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
INFAMOUS. BIZARRE. INCOMPREHENSIBLE. EXTRAORDINARY.
Max & Louie Productions is thrilled to present the Broadway hit comedy "Souvenir," an affectionate portrait of tone-deaf opera diva Florence Foster Jenkins.
Florence Foster Jenkins was a real-life socialite who set elite eardrums in Manhattan a-trembling in a series of notorious private concerts during the 1930s and 1940s culminating in a single sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall. Her flamboyant costumes and uninhibited love of music was as much her trademark as her inability to sing on key. Music historian Steven Pile said, “No one before or since has succeeded in liberating themselves quite so completely from the shackles of musical notation.”
Souvenir, by turn hilarious and poignant, tells Jenkins story through the clear but loving eyes of her long-time accompanist Cosme McMoon. It is the changing perspective on his employer, whom we first meet when he interviews for a job with her, that gives the play its breadth and depth. The portrait of that relationship is the heart of the piece.
“I admire this woman,” said Stellie Siteman, artistic director of Max & Louie Productions. “She is famous for having said: ‘People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.’ That spirit, that irrepressible urge to express oneself, despite one’s abilities or lack thereof, beguiles the hopeful artist that lives in us all.”
Souvenir will star Debby Lennon in the title role, and Paul Cereghino as her pianist, Cosme McMoon. “This is Debby Lennon as you’ve never heard her before,” said Siteman. “It takes a true musician to replicate such awful singing!”
Get to know this epic musical odd couple in Souvenir the perfect gift for the holidays.
"Hilarious and deeply touching...a loony triumph!" - NY Daily News
"A beguiling comic jewel with a heart." - Variety
".....an unexpectedly gentle and affecting comedy." - The New York Times
"....So go laugh to your heart's content. There weren't many voices as bad as Jenkins'. There aren't many theatrical experiences as good as Souvenir." - The Boston Globe
"....a memorable illustration of the real limits of self-perception, and of the purely theatrical magic that can turn the tinniest ear to gold." - Time Out
December 14, 2017 - 7:30 PMDecember 15, 2017 - 8:00 PMDecember 16, 2017 - 2:00 PMDecember 16, 2017 - 8:00 PMDecember 17, 2017 - 3:00 PMDecember 21, 2017 - 8:00 PMDecember 22, 2017 - 8:00 PMDecember 23, 2017 - 2:00 PMDecember 23, 2017 - 8:00 PMDecember 28, 2017 - 8:00 PMDecember 29, 2017 - 8:00 PMDecember 30, 2017 - 2:00 PMDecember 30, 2017 - 8:00 PMDecember 31, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Special New Year's performance. Details TBA.
TICKET PRICE SERVICE CHARGE TOTAL PER TICKET $20.00 - Preview, Dec. 14 $2.00 $22.00 $45.00 - Adult GA $5.50 $50.50 $35.00 - Students & Seniors 65+ $4.25 $39.25 TBA - Special New Year's Performance, Dec. 31 TBA TBA
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3310 Samuel Shepard Drive , Saint Louis, Missouri 63103
Located in the Grand Center Arts District in St. Louis, Missouri, The Marcelle features a state of the art black box theater, professional dance studios, and nonprofit office suites. A "home for the arts", The Marcelle welcomes New Line Theatre, Dance St. Louis & Big Muddy Dance Co., as resident arts organizations, and hosts productions from Kranzberg Arts Foundation residents and independent producers.
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