Coyote StageWorks to kick off 2012-13 Season With Hit Comedy SOUVENIR
Coming to the Annenberg Theatre for Two Weeks: Friday, November 23rd through Sunday, December 2nd.
Long before the hysterically funny, train wreck auditions of American Idol and long before the comedic warbling of Merv Griffin’s Mrs. Miller, there was a sweetly deluded songbird ever in search of the right key. Her name was FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS.
Coyote StageWorks is thrilled to kick off its 2012-13 Season at the Annenberg Theater with Stephen Temperley’s hit Broadway comedy SOUVENIR, the true-life story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York socialite in the 1930’s and ‘40’s who captured the heart of the Big Apple with her famously terrible singing voice.
Yes, Mrs. Jenkins’ coterie of famous friends like Noel Coward and Tallulah Bankhead made her the toast…and the joke of New York City. While she honestly believed herself to be a great soprano, in truth, Florence was incapable of singing two consecutive notes in tune. It was her naivete and love of music that made Florence Foster Jenkins special, and it was her trusted accompanist Cosmé McMoon who ultimately protected this gentle spirit from the harsh truth. Florence’s annual recitals at the Ritz Carlton (where she also lived) earned her cultish fame that culminated in 1944 with a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall.
Just one week after her bravura performance at this pantheon of music, Florence Foster Jenkins died…a star!
SOUVENIR is “Comedic brilliance! A laugh riot!” – The San Francisco Chronicle
SOUVENIR is “Overflowing with heart, soul, and laughs.” – The San Francisco Examiner
SOUVENIR is “A kind of loony triumph.” – The NY Daily News
SOUVENIR is the perfect way to entertain guests and kick-of the holiday season!
TWO WEEK PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: SOUVENIR opens at the magnificent Annenberg Theater the day after Thanksgiving, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23rd at 2pm and 7:30pm and runs through Sunday, December 2nd.
Tickets: $39 to $55
To purchase, stop by or call the Annenberg Box Office at 760-325-4490, or go to www.annenbergtheater.org
For additional information, also visit www.coyotestageworks.org
Or call Chuck Yates at 760-318-0024
COYOTE STAGEWORKS’ production of SOUVENIR is proudly sponsored by TRIO RESTAURANT
Season Sponsor and Official Host Hotel of CSW: The Renaissance Palm Springs Resort
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:
Coyote StageWorks’ production of SOUVENIR is directed by Calvin Remsberg, and stars Linda Edwards as Florence Foster Jenkins and Roy Abramsohn as Cosme McMoon. Remsberg is known both as an accomplished actor and noted theatre director. His recent work includes the Los Angeles premiere of Glory Days, and an unusual production of Into the Woods starring Anthony Geary, done in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Los Angeles. Edwards has performed opera, musical theatre, and oratorio all over the world. She made her international debut in Tel Aviv with Leonard Bernstein and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as Cunegonde in Candide, performed Palestrina in San Marcos Cathedral in Venice, and toured Europe as Carlotta in Phantom. Abramsohn is a Los Angeles-based actor, and classically-trained pianist, who has worked for the past 25 years in film, television and theater throughout the United States and abroad; from San Francisco and New York City to Hong Kong and Cannes.
Coyote StageWorks is a not-for-profit company dedicated to advancing theatre as a vital art form in the desert communities of the Coachella Valley. It is our mission to provide a forum for thought-provoking, entertaining, and culturally significant works in an environment that nurtures the creativity of the individual and the enrichment of the community.