Lyric Adds Two Titles To 2006-2007 Season

Lyric Stage Company has announced two additional shows for its 2006-2007 Season:  "Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins" by Stephen Temperley, and the classic Shaw comedy "Arms and the Man."  Both productions will be presented in the Spring of 2007.

The previously announced productions are the Tony Award-winning musical "1776" by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards, and the New England premieres of Heather Raffo’s "Nine Parts of Desire" and "See What I Wanna See" with words and music by Michael John LaChiusa.  Two additional selections will be announced to complete the season.
"Souvenir" is the off-beat portrayal of the wealthy, eccentric music-lover, Florence Foster Jenkins, who became famous for her annual recitals and concerts in the 1930's and ‘40's.  Despite the fact that she could not carry a tune, New York society flocked to attend her charity performances which achieved cult-status, culminating in a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall. She also recorded several popular albums ("The Glory ??? of the Human Voice" and "Murder on the High Cs").  This funny and poignant new play with music previously received critically acclaimed productions at the York Theatre Company, the Berkshire Theatre Festival and on Broadway in 2005.  Boston's Leigh Barrett (currently appearing in "Ragtime" at the New Rep) will play Mrs. Jenkins. Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos will direct.
First produced in London in 1894 and published in the collection Plays Pleasant in 1898, George Bernard Shaw’s masterpiece of comedic drama "Arms and the Man" is said to be his most popular and most successful play.  Set in war-torn Bulgaria in the mid-1880s, a young woman’s overly idealistic and romantic notions of both love and war are turned upside down when a handsome enemy soldier appears at her bedroom window.  Shaw takes the title for this charming comedy from Virgil’s ode to the heroics of war, The Aeneid (“Of arms and the man I sing”) and uses it ironically to highlight the foolishness and foibles of war and love.

As previously announced, the Lyric season will also include:

September 8 – October 14, 2006

Heather Raffo’s
"Nine Parts of Desire"
October 20 – November 18, 2006
"See What I Wanna See"
Words and music by Michael John LaChiusa
January 5 – February 3, 2007

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