In the American Idol era, we’ve become accustomed to people who become famous not for their talent, but for their notable lack thereof. But what would it have been like in the 1940s to be a singer who everyone—except the singer herself—understood couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket?
Utah Contemporary Theatre’s production of Stephen Temperley’s play looks at the life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Carol Keddington), the New York City heiress who used her wealth to finance her own career as a soprano—and became a sensation—either in spite of, or because of, her off-pitch warbling. The tale is narrated by her sympathetic longtime accompanist Cosme McMoon (Daren Doman), taking viewers on a journey asking where the joy in artistry lies. And you’ll get to hear re-creations of Jenkins’ performances—for better or worse.
Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins @ Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, 801-355-2787, June 4–14. ArtTix.org