R. Hamilton Wright directs the show, which begins previews May 11 and opens May 17 at the company's Falls Theatre for a run through June 10. Billed as an "affectionate valentine to tin-eared opera diva Florence Foster Jenkins," Souvenir follows "real-life New York socialite who stunned concert audiences in the 1930s and 1940s with her unassailable self-confidence and unique interpretations of the opera repertoire." Cohenour takes on the leading lady while Anders (The Woman in Black) handles the keys as her accompanist, Cosme McMoon.
Cohenour, an original star of The Light in the Piazza, has also appeared on Broadway in the original stagings of Big River as Mary Jane, The Mystery of Edwin Drood as Rosa Bud and The Phantom of the Opera as Christine Daae (as alternate to Sarah Brightman). She also appeared in the 1998 revival of The Sound of Music. Cohenour was also seen in Seattle in The Wizard of Oz, The Most Happy Fella, 1776, The Secret Garden, Our Town, The Servant of Two Masters and Oh Coward!
Playwright Temperley — an actor in the original Broadway company of Crazy for You — also penned the plays Money/Mercy, Dance with Me, That Kind of Woman, In the Country of the Free and The Pilgrim Papers. His Souvenir debuted at the Berkshire Theatre Festival before going on to play Off-Broadway and then Broadway with Judy Kaye as the vocally challenged Jenkins.
The design team features Edie Whitsett (scenic), Marcia Dixcy Jory (costumes), Rick Paulsen (lighting) and Dominic Cody Kramers (sound). D.J. Gommels serves as music director with JR Welden as stage manager.
Tickets for Souvenir at ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street in Seattle, WA, can be purchased at (206) 292-7676 or online at acttheatre.org.