The film, produced by Donald Collup and entitled "Florence Foster Jenkins: A World of Her Own," will be presented at 2:30 and 7:30 PM. The York is a fitting venue to show the film: One of the theatre company's biggest successes was Souvenir, the play based on Jenkins' life and starring Tony winner Judy Kaye that transferred to Broadway after a successful York run.
Filmmaker Collup, according to press notes, "has amassed an extensive collection of information, memorabilia and personal accounts from those in the know, including images from [Jenkins'] career, press clippings and magazine articles, recorded interviews of people who knew her as well as live interviews with those who saw her in concert — including musical legend Marge Champion — and excerpts from the nine recordings Jenkins made."
Florence Foster 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.
Admission is $10; call (212) 935-5824, ext. 21 for reservations.
The York Theatre Company, dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals, and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past, is located at the Theatre at Saint Peter's in the Citigroup Center, 619 Lexington Avenue. For more information visit www.yorktheatre.org.