‘Souvenir’ play tells an opera singer’s story

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Starting Friday at the Adobe Theater, “Souvenir” is taking stage. It is a two-character play by Stephen Temperley about Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy woman who achieved success in New York by singing opera – badly. She and her accompanist became the talk of Manhattan in the ’30s and ’40s by producing concerts at the Ritz Carlton and giving the money to charity. In spite of the fact Mrs Jenkins had no pitch, no tempo, and couldn’t hit a correct note, her career culminated in a sold out performance at Carnegie Hall.

Starring in the play are Phil Shortell and Lorri Oliver, and it’s not the first time this duo has been on stage together. Shortell and Oliver were in two successful plays together – “Death of a Salesman” in 2012 and “All My Sons” in 2013. Both were directed by James Cady. They expect “Souvenir” to also be well received.

“Souvenir” will be on stage from Feb. 20 to March 5. Learn more about this production and purchase tickets on the Adobe Theater’s website.

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