Glorious!: The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World
Full Length Play, Comedy / 2m, 4f
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.
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. For more information, click here.
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- Nominee! Laurence Olivier Award as Best New Comedy
"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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- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Time Period: 1940s / WWII
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: New York City, 1944
- Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
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
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
- Parts for Senior Actors
Premiered at the Duchess Theatre in London's West End, 2005/2006