Drama Desk Award Winner Souvenir at La Mirada Theatre for Performing Arts
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The last date listed for Souvenir was Sunday September 28, 2008 / 7:00pm.
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Souvenir wasn't my favorite, but everyone else in my group really liked it. Lots of intentional off pitch "singing"...and the program was just too long for me, the first half was over an hour and the second half was an hour -an hour of off-pitch...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“Hilarious and deeply touching” —New York Daily News
“If you’re lucky enough to see Souvenir, you’ll laugh till you cry! It’s downright hilarious!” —Boston Globe
“Souvenir squeals with diva delight!” —USA Today
The Drama Desk Award-winning play Souvenir is about real-life eccentric heiress Florence Foster Jenkins, who fancied herself a coloratura soprano when the exact opposite was true. 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 and inspiring, and yes, hilarious, portrait of a passionate music lover who believed that “what matters most is the music you hear in your head.”
Stephen Temperley (playwright) has performed at the Public Theater in New York, and in London’s West End, on TV and in repertory. The first of his plays to be produced was Beside The Seaside at the Hudson Guild. Plays that followed include Money/Mercy at the Chelsea Theatre Center (Mercy was later seen at the first HBO New Writers Workshop in Los Angeles) and Dance With Me, first seen at the 18th Street Theatre and then at Centenary Stage. The Berkshire Theatre Festival premiered his play The Pilgrim Papers in 2006. _Souvenir _also debuted at the Berkshire Theatre Festival before it played on Broadway.
Jason Edwards (director) directed Pump Boys and Dinettes for McCoy Rigby Entertainment. His directorial credits across the country include Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Chicago’s Marriott Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Clarence Brown Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre and the Maine State Music Theatre. On Broadway, Jason starred in Ring of Fire, The Songs of Johnny Cash at the Barrymore Theatre, and is featured on the original cast recording. Off-Broadway work includes Johnny Guitar (original cast & recording) at the Century Center, and Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men at the Mint Theatre.
Linda Edwards (Florence Foster) has performed opera, musical theatre, and oratorio all over the world. She made her international debut in Tel Aviv with Leonard Bernstein and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as Cunegonde in Candide, and toured Europe as Carlotta in _Phantom _(Kopit/Yeston). Her opera repertoire includes leading roles in _Don Pasquale, The Magic Flute, The Merry Wives of Windsor, _and Falstaff. A frequent symphony guest soloist, she has sung under the batons of John Mauceri, Helmutt Rilling, Sergiu Comissiona, and Keith Lockhart. She has been a leading lady in more than 50 musicals, including Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha.
Carl J. Danielsen (Cosme McMoon): In New York: The Big Voice: God or Merman?; Trolls, Actors Playhouse; Edgar, King Lear, Hudson Guild. Regional: Souvenir with Linda Edwards at Flat Rock Playhouse, with Ann Crumb, Media Theatre, PA; _A Marvelous Party, _Northlight Theatre, IL, (Jeff Award), Laguna Beach Playhouse, GeVA, Rochester, NY; Cole!, San Jose Rep, LACLO, (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Dramalogue Award); 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, La Mirada, Kansas City Rep, Coconut Grove, Seattle Rep and 13 other cities; Homer, Morning’s at Seven, Caldwell Theatre; World Goes ‘Round, TheatreWorks (BATCC Award); Taming of the Shrew, Oh, Kay!, SF Shakespeare (BATTC Award); and more.