Souvenir Press Release




CONTACT:Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications           901.682.8601

A Musical Odd-Couple Returns to the Next Stage

Memphis, TN - Souvenir, A Fantasia Based on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, is about a wealthy eccentric, self-promoted performer who was incapable of producing two notes in tune consecutively. This comic turn on a real life eccentric makes its triumphant return to Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, February 9-25, 2018.  Hilarious and poignant, her story of celebrity and terrible singing is told through her respected accompanist, Cosmé McMoon, whose contempt gives way to reluctant admiration and affection. Returning to the two roles are Jude Knight and David Shipley, both of whom performed in the original Theatre Memphis production.

Director Bennett Wood returns as well and thinks that he has an advantage with his cast agreeing to remount their roles. “We could never have brought you this fascinating base-on-reality play without such a triple –threat cast. Both of these actors have specific talents that uniquely fit them for their roles, whether it’s playing the piano, singing badly or singing beautifully. Working with them on this show again has been a privilege and a delight.”

“A souvenir is by definition an item of remembrance,” Executive Producer of Theatre Memphis, Debbie Litch, muses. “And Souvenir for us, Theatre Memphis, is a memory we wanted to recall. With the popularity of the movie recently we felt it to be a perfect time to share this extraordinary two-person show with the same two multi-talented actors. We’d love everyone to be able to see it and create an unforgettable, funny, sensitive memory of their own”



TITLE: Souvenir, A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

WRITTEN BY: Stephen Temperley

DIRECTOR: Bennett Wood

VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117

RUN DATES: February 9-25, 2018

TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays

TICKETS: $30 adults, $15 student; $25 Military and 62 and older

BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323


SPONSORED BY: John Rone and Bill Short

MEDIA SPONSORS:  WKNO 91.1FM, The Best Times

Production photos available February 6, 2018.

Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.

Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from:

First Tennessee Foundation/ArtsFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission.


Posted by Randall Hartzog at 11:59 AM
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