The comedy "Souvenir" by The Rep, Point Park's professional company, features Jeff Howell as Cosme McMoon and Jill Keating as Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy socialite who suffers under the delusion that she is a great singer.
By Sharon Eberson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Musical theater star Judy Kaye, whose vocals have been celebrated with awards, was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk honors in 2006 for producing a sound described in The New York Times as a noise "so loud, so abrasive that it is remarkable that the audience's stunned boom of laughter comes close to drowning it out."
Ms. Kaye was starring in "Souvenir," a comedy about the wealthy socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, who believed she had a great soprano voice and whose devoted fans couldn't wait to hear her open her mouth and prove otherwise. She gave annual recitals at New York's Ritz Carlton and sold out Carnegie Hall in 1944.
The Rep, Point Park University's professional theater company, takes on the play by Stephen Temperley with direction by Tome Cousin and Jeff Howell as Jenkins' empathetic accompanist, Cosme McMoon, and Jill Keating as the deluded diva.
"Souvenir" previews tonight and runs through Oct. 12 in the Studio Theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Oakland. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $24-$27 ($15 for preview night; pay what you will at 2 p.m. Saturday shows) at 412-392-8000 or www.pittsburghplayhouse.com.
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