Long before William Hung, there was Florence Foster Jenkins. In the 1930s and early ’40s, the Manhattan socialite and would-be soprano developed a cult following for her hilariously tuneless caterwauling in recitals, including one at, yes, Carnegie Hall. While Tony winner Judy Kaye (The Phantom of the Opera) is a pitch-perfect Jenkins — who was anything but, despite her apparently sincere claims — Stephen Temperley’s Souvenir is too broad, too shallow, and far too long for the modest pleasures herein. There’s a reason American Idol focuses most of its season on the Kellys and Clays of the world.
Souvenir Long before William Hung, there was Florence Foster Jenkins. In the 1930s and early '40s, the Manhattan socialite and would-be soprano developed a...SouvenirStephen Temperley Long before William Hung, there was Florence Foster Jenkins. In the 1930s and early '40s, the Manhattan socialite and would-be soprano developed a...2005-12-02Donald Corren
Starring: Judy Kaye; Starring: Donald Corren; Director: Vivian Matalon; Author: Stephen Temperley; Opening Date: 11/10/2005
Posted December 2 2005 — 12:00 AM EST
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