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Glorious!: The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World - Full Length Play, Comedy

Glorious!: The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World

Peter Quilter

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Full Length Play, Comedy

2m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573111563

In 1940's New York, the performer who everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect.

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Downloadable Music
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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Optional Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Biography

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - New York City, 1944

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Tours

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Olivier, From West End

Nominee! Laurence Olivier Award as Best New Comedy

Hilarious comedy of the worst singer in the world In 1940's New York, the performer who everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect. Known as 'the first lady of the sliding scale', she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics, instead she was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was.

Based upon a true story, the play spins from Florence's charity recitals and extravagent balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and an ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall in this hilarious and heart-warming comedy.

Find video clips of Glorious in performance around the world here

 

REVIEWS

"Delightful and blissfully funny." - Daily Telegraph

"Hilarious and touching." - Daily Mail

"A glittering comedy with a heart...lunatically funny" - Sunday Times

"Comically sublime" - The Guardian 


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To see more videos of productions of Glorious!, check out Peter Quilter's Vimeo page.


Premiered at the Duchess Theatre in London's West End, 2005/2006

Characters

CASTING

2m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS - an eccentric American lady, 60s/70s
COSME MCMOON - a pianist, early 30s
ST. CLAIR - Florence's English boyfriend, 60s
DOROTHY - Florence's friend, 60s
MARIA - Florence and St Clair's Mexican cook and housemaid
MRS. VERRINDER-GEDGE - an American lady, late middle age
Videos
  • Clip from the Fulton Opera House production

  • Austrian premiere of Glorious!

Author
Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter's plays have been presented in major theatres in 38 countries around the world and translated into 27 languages. He has had a hit show on Broadway and three successful plays in London's West End. Peter has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award (Best New Play 2011 and Best New Comedy 2006) and his Broadway debut was nominated for three Tony Awards. view full profile

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