Glo­ri­ous fun for all

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Tara Whitsed Tick­ets for cost be­tween $32 and $22 and are avail­able on­line at or through the River­links Box Of­fice on 5832 9511.

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

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

Florence’s story will be told on stage at WestSide Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 9.

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

She be­came known as the ‘‘the first lady of the slid­ing scale’’ and sur­rounded her­self with de­voted friends, 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 aWest End and world­wide hit, hav­ing been nom­i­nated for a Lau­rence Olivier Award— Best New Com­edy (2005)— and has been seen by­more 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’’.

The per­for­mance will take place to­mor­row from 7.30 pm.


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