Judy Kaye to Reprise Souvenir for Los Angeles Audiences

News   Judy Kaye to Reprise Souvenir for Los Angeles Audiences Tony Award winner Judy Kaye, who received another Tony nomination this season for her performance in the now-closed Souvenir, will bring that Stephen Temperley play to the Brentwood Theatre in Los Angeles in the fall.
Judy Kaye in the Broadway run of Souvenir.
Judy Kaye in the Broadway run of Souvenir.

Kaye will reprise her role as the vocally challenged Florence Foster Jenkins Oct. 12-Nov. 12.

Souvenir began previews at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre Oct. 28, 2005, and officially opened Nov. 10. The production, which began life at Off-Broadway’s York Theatre Company, played 10 previews and 70 regular performances.

Jenkins, who was an eccentric society woman, believed she was a great soprano, although the opposite was true. Despite her lack of talent, Jenkins' charity recitals in such venues as the Ritz Carlton Hotel brought her much fame. Jenkins often mistook audiences' muffled laughter for cheers, and over 2,000 people were turned away from her Carnegie Hall concert in the mid 1940's. Souvenir tells Jenkins' story through the eyes of accompanist Cosmé McMoon.

Judy Kaye played the role of Rosie in the Broadway company of Mamma Mia!, a part for which she received a 2002 Tony Award nomination. Kaye won the Tony for her performance as Carlotta in the New York production of The Phantom of the Opera and also received a Theatre World Award for her work in On the Twentieth Century. Kaye also starred on Broadway in Ragtime, and her two solo recordings are titled "Diva by Diva" and "Songs from the Silver Screen."

Tickets, which are not yet on sale, will be available through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com.

The Brentwood Theatre is located at 11301 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA.