"Souvenir" at the Lyric Stage

In the 1930s and '40s, New Yorkers used to beg, borrow or steal tickets for one opera singer's annual recital. No, it was not Maria Callas or Joan Sutherland, but Florence Foster Jenkins, a woman known as the "first lady of the sliding scale." Now, false notes or not, she is center stage in "Souvenir."

The play was first seen off-Broadway in 2004 and reworked in the Berkshires before returning to New York. "Souvenir" now makes its Boston debut at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Critic at large Ed Siegel has this review.

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This program aired on February 23, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.


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