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Tuesday Night Movie – Florence Foster Jenkins

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

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Florence Foster Jenkins was the most famous, though untalented, soprano in twentieth century America. Her extraordinary story is now a film directed by Stephen Frears starring Meryl Streep as the indomitable Florence Foster Jenkins and Hugh Grant as her husband/manager, St. Clair Bayfield. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1868, Florence adored music, but her wealthy father refused to allow her to study in Europe. In 1909, she inherited a considerable sum of money when her father died. It was then that she began to take singing lessons, vowed to become a great soprano and met St Clair Bayfield. At seventy six, after a lifetime supporting classical music societies and giving self-financed recitals, she gave a solo concert at Carnegie Hall that drew Cole Porter, Gypsy Rose Lee and other luminaries to the sold-out hall. It was a night to remember. Florence felt she had triumphed, but the crowd roared with laughter. After a lifetime of singing to entertain others, she didn’t know the one thing that everyone else did and that St. Clair Bayfield kept from her: she had a terrible voice and couldn’t sing a note. The movie is based on Darryl W. Bullock’s biography, Florence Foster Jenkins: The Life of the World’s Worst Opera Singer. (We wonder:  could this story be the world’s greatest April Fools joke??)

Enjoy the movie with free popcorn!

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Date:
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Website:
http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=PPL

Venue

Plymouth Public Library
132 South Street
Plymouth, 02360 United States
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