Theatre Memphis Presents SOUVENIR
Souvenir, A Fantasia Based on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, is about a wealthy eccentric, self-promoted performer who was incapable of producing two notes in tune consecutively. This comic turn on a real life eccentric makes its triumphant return to Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, February 9-25, 2018. Hilarious and poignant, her story of celebrity and terrible singing is told through her respected accompanist, Cosmé McMoon, whose contempt gives way to reluctant admiration and affection. Returning to the two roles are Jude Knight and David Shipley, both of whom performed in the original Theatre Memphis production.
Director Bennett Wood returns as well and thinks that he has an advantage with his cast agreeing to remount their roles. "We could never have brought you this fascinating base-on-reality play without such a triple -threat cast. Both of these actors have specific talents that uniquely fit them for their roles, whether it's playing the piano, singing badly or singing beautifully. Working with them on this show again has been a privilege and a delight."
"A souvenir is by definition an item of remembrance," Executive Producer of Theatre Memphis, Debbie Litch, muses. "And Souvenir for us, Theatre Memphis, is a memory we wanted to recall. With the popularity of the movie recently we felt it to be a perfect time to share this extraordinary two-person show with the same two multi-talented actors. We'd love everyone to be able to see it and create an unforgettable, funny, sensitive memory of their own"