Sunday, October 22, 2006
Caterwauling to the Back Row
Went to the Brentwood Theater this afternoon to see "Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins."
Starring Judy Kaye (who was nominated for a Tony for this performance), it's about a real-life New York City socialite whose operatic performances became the toast of the town in the 30s and 40s.
Jenkins was absolutely convinced she was blessed with a beautiful operatic voice. Audiences showed up to watch her make a fool of herself.
The show is, of course, very funny (because the singing is so bad). But ultimately the message is about the importance of having confidence in your own ability -- regardless of the evidence to the contrary.
Judy Kaye -- who in real life has a truly beautiful singing voice -- plays (and sings) this role to its awful perfection.