An absolutely marvellous and hilarious must-see production
Whether or not you know the story of 'the world's worst singer' Florence Foster Jenkins, the production by Christine Harris and HIT Productions, Glorious, featuring at the Lennox Theatre Riverside Theatres, Parramatta is an absolute must see!
The play follows the humorous true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, who was the world's worst opera singer. In the 1940's, the singer everyone wanted to see perform live in New York was the enthusiastic soprano Florence Foster Jenkins - 'the first lady of the sliding scale' and this play gave us a hilarious insight into her life as the worst opera singer in the world!
This superb play featured a cast of just three actors - whom all wonderfully and successfully executed this theatre production with perfection. Diana Mclean (Florence Forster Jenkins), Mitchell Roberts (Cosme McMoon) and Felicity Soper (Dorothy/ Maria/ Mrs. Verrinder-Gedge) were magnificent as they all took us into the world of the eccentric Florence Forster Jenkins as she surrounded herself with her devoted friends, who were almost as eccentric as herself. She was a deliciously happy and delusional woman who paid scant attention to her critics and would screech and warble to her audiences, leaving most of them falling about with laughter.
The heart-warming comedy performance of this American socialite and amateur soprano, who was known and mocked for her flamboyant performance costumes and of course, her notably poor singing, was shown through this marvellous production.
The production moves from Florence's charity recitals and lavish balls, through to her very odd recording sessions and to her ultimate performance triumph at New York's Carnegie Hall. We witness her wonderfully colourful relationships along the way through laugh-out-loud comedy, which had the audience in fits of hysterical laughter consistently!
This humorous comedy play was truly such a delight and bliss to watch, as we were taken into the wonderful yet delusional life of Florence Foster Jenkins. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.