At the turn of the last century, Florence Foster Jenkins was a New York phenomenon where she rose to fame for her annual sold-out recitals at the Ritz Carlton and Carnegie Hall. Crowds went wild when Mrs. Jenkins tackled the most difficult arias in opera, festooned in fabulous costumes.
The only trouble was: Mrs. Jenkins could not sing. Not a note. Still, Florence, a YouTube sensation far ahead of her time, could not be deterred from her dedication to music and voice lessons with her accomplished and compassionate accompanist, Cosme McMoon.
Souvenir is a play by Stephen Temperley about Florence Foster Jenkins and Cosme McMoon. It is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY. The production is directed by CapRep’s Producing Artistic Director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill.
Jonas Cohen plays afore mentioned “compassionate accompanist,” Cosme McMoon and he joins us to discuss the play.
ALBANY - “The Secret Garden” is probably not the show you would think of as Christmas entertainment. But as the Capital Repertory Theatre production illustrates, any musical about love, rebirth and reconciliation is ideal material for this holiday season.
Smokey Joe’s Café - a musical revue featuring primarily the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It has the distinction of being longest running revue on Broadway.
Better than that, though, it has just a ton of incredibly fun and iconic songs.
Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY presents Smokey Joe’s Café Tuesday, July 15 to Sunday, August 10 and we are fortunate to be joined at The Linda by that production's musical director, Benet Braun and cast members Christopher Brasfield, Justin Scott Brown, Laura D’andre, Lulu Fall, Gizel Jimenez, Jannie Jones, Benjamin Mapp, Correy West, Jason Veasey.
The play was included in the inaugural NEXT ACT! New Play Summit in 2012. NEXT ACT!, a joint venture between Proctors and Capital Rep, is a three-day festival with the mission of discovering fresh, exciting dramatic and musical properties, and nurturing both new and established playwrights.
The God Game is about religion and politics - the two topics to avoid in polite conversation. In the play, Tom and Lisa and Matt have known each other for years, through thick and thin - but the news Matt brings on an August anniversary afternoon in Richmond, Virginia could change all of their lives forever.
A coalition formed in response to a planned statewide referendum about whether to amend the New York constitution to authorize up to seven additional casinos held a press conference this morning at Capital Repertory in downtown Albany.
A veritable"who's who" of leaders of Capital Region arts non-profits gathered in a show of solidarity under the moniker "Upstate Theaters for a Fair Game." The group hopes to educate the public on what it sees as potential negative effects of casino expansion on what it refers to as "local entertainment ecosystems," noting that mid-sized arts and entertainment venues in neighboring states have been impacted by casino-based entertainment offerings.
Thomas Novachek, a writer-director, laments the woeful parade of actresses who have auditioned for his new play, Venus in Fur. Enter Vanda, an out-of-work actress, who is the epitome of every fault he has described: crude, desperate and needy – or is she?
In the course of 90 minutes, we discover there is much more to Vanda, as she turns the tables and takes charge in this sexual roundelay about power and powerlessness. The play, written by David Ives, is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY and stars Timothy Deenihan as Novachek and Jenny Strassburg as Vanda.
Jenny joins us along with Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Producing Artistic Director at Capital Rep and director of Venus in Fur, to tell us more.