Opera singer has big heart — and delusions of grandeur

July 12. 2017 1:23PM

NEW LONDON — “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins” tells the story of the infamous New York socialite whose earsplitting opera singing was matched only by her unconquerable delusions of greatness.

The story is told from the perspective of Cosme McMoon, Florence’s long-suffering accompanist in her heyday, as he looks back on his adventures with Jenkins, who was both celebrated and derided not only for her unpolished vocal skills but the costumes she donned for shows.

The New London Barn Playhouse stages a production of the tale — the basis for a Broadway premiere with Judy Kaye in the lead role and a film starring Meryl Streep as the amiable woman of dubious talent.

David Edwards makes his Barn debut as director, with Sara Schoch and Elliott Cunningham in the lead roles.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday; and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $19.50 to $40; student-rush price is $18. Call 526-6710 for details.

TheaterNew London

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