DETAILS

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours including intermission
Recommended age: 12 and up

A "Pitch Perfect" Tribute
Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster Jenkins once declared, “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.” And, oh, did she sing – often and loudly, but rarely on key. Her recitals brought her a legion of die-hard fans, and she capped her improbable career with a Carnegie Hall concert that famously sold out in two hours. Her story was recently told in an Oscar-nominated film starring Meryl Streep. Time Out calls Souvenir “a memorable illustration of the purely theatrical magic that can turn the tinniest ear to gold.” Souvenir is a charming and hilarious musical comedy that reminds us that you can achieve anything when you set your mind to it.

“There Aren’t Many Theatrical Experiences As Good As Souvenir!" — The Boston Globe

 

ARTISTS


Marguerite Willbanks*
Florence Foster Jenkins


Jack Forbes Wilson*
Star of The Rep’s Liberace! 
as Cosmé McMoon


Laura Braza
Director 

 

Jack Forbes Wilson
Music Director

Lauren Nigri
Scenic Designer

Jason Orlenko
Costume Designer

Ellie Rabinowitz
Lighting Designer

Zack Berinstein
Sound Designer

 

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

To read bios for the artists listed above please click here. Bios begin on page 5.

EVENTS

SUN
SEP 17
7:00PM

Audio-Described Performance
Patrons of this performance may receive an earpiece, providing live description of the action on stage. Check in at the Concierge Desk pre-show to pick up your earpiece.

 

FEATURES & PRESS

VIDEOS

 

Video Trailer

Video Trailer
 

First Rehearsal

First Rehearsal
 
 

Behind-the-Scenes

In Rehearsal of "Souvenir"
 
 

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PHOTOS

REVIEWS


"[Willbanks] channels her subject’s abiding love of music"
– Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


"Willbanks's extraordinarily heartfelt, understated performance only heightens the comedy"
– Gwen Rice, OnMilwaukee.com


"Willbanks is simply perfection start-to-finish in this production."
– Harry Cherkinian, Shepherd Express


"Marguerite Willbanks is seamless as the unflappable Florence Foster Jenkins."
– Anne Siegel, Total Theater


"Forces us to think of music in an entirely different way"
– Mary Boyle, Ozaukee Living


"Giddy and gleeful — rapt with sheer awe and amazement at Jenkins' unwavering courage and spirit."
– Kelsey Lawler, Planet Kelsey


"‘Souvenir’ shines as The Rep’s season opener"
– Lindsey Anderson, Milwaukee Magazine


"The Rep, two stars deliver the perfect pitch on Florence Foster Jenkins in off-key ‘Souvenir’"
– Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman


 

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