Glorious show

August 07, 2017

Riverlinks WestSide will host Glorious! this month - a stage show about opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins.

The world’s worst opera singer is coming to Mooroopna this month.

Best known and mocked for her flamboyant performance costumes and notably poor singing ability, Glorious! will pay homage to opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins.

The story will be told on stage at Riverlinks WestSide on Wednesday.

This deliciously happy and delusional woman performed in New York during the 1940s and was the singer everyone wanted to see perform live.

She became known as the ‘‘the first lady of the sliding scale’’ and surrounding herself by devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was.

Florence paid little attention to her critics and would screech and warble to her audiences, most falling about with laughter.

The heart-warming comedy moves from Florence’s charity recitals and lavish balls, through to her very odd recording sessions and her ultimate performance triumph at New York’s Carnegie Hall, incorporating her wonderfully colourful relationships along the way.

Glorious! is a West End and worldwide hit, having been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award — Best New Comedy (2005), and has been seen by more than two million people across six continents.

The movie adaptation, Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, was inspired by the stage show described as ‘‘a lunatically funny play’’.

Tickets for Glorious! cost between $32 and $22 and are available online at www.riverlinksvenues.com.au or through Riverlinks Box Office, phone (03) 5832 9511.

The performance will take place on Wednesday from 7.30pm at WestSide Performing Arts Centre, 141-179 Echuca Rd, Mooroopna.

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