I saw this last Friday and agree with Donald about the fine quality of the
performances. And the play, too--to my mind, it was far more perceptive about
music and what it means to be a singer than McNally's _Master Class_ which I
think relies on too many cliches about singing (and Callas, and women) to be very
At the performance, I had the bonus of sitting right behind Marilyn Horne.
(She expressed friendly apologies if her coat was in my way, but all I could do
was stammer in reply.) At one point in _Souvenir_, Jenkins is very, very
reluctantly making apologies for what she sees as very, very tiny signs of age that
are creeping into her glorious soprano, and starts mumbling to McMoon about
discovering the glories of her lower register. Horne let out a true mezzo
belly-laugh at that!
In a message dated 1/8/06 9:48:29 PM, [log in to unmask] writes:
> I just returned from the final performance of "Souvenir", the Broadway play
> about Florence Foster Jenkins dealing with the handful of years prior to her
> Carnegie Hall recital and her relationship with her accompanist, Cosme
> Judy Kaye portrayed Jenkins magnificently, imitating Jenkins' voice to a T
> and I mean every detail (that we know of from the recordings) was there. It
> was truly a virtuoso performance. Of course, I never knew or heard Jenkins,
> but Kaye's speech inflection seemed to be perfect for the character. Of
> course, her timing and ability to communicate to the audience was there in
> Donald Corren played Cosme McMoon and his performance too was special. The
> fact that he plays the piano so well on top of his acting and
> characterization is a marvel. This role (1 of 2 in the show) will be near
> impossible to cast (try to find an actor who can play tunes of the '30s and
> '40s, jumping in and out of dialogue with such ease). And casting an
> actress for Jenkins will be even more impossible. I can't imagine sseeing
> anyone better in these roles.
> I hope the two of them will be seen in this show by a wider audience - maybe
> LA and/or Chicago. And major thanks to the producer, Ted Snowden, for
> bringing this to Broadway!
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