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Jonas Cohen and Lisa Jolley in "Souvenir" (photos by Adam Twiss/Keith Tew)

Jonas Cohen and Lisa Jolley Turn the Offbeat Biodrama “Souvenir” into a Night to Remember

The current Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh presentation of “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins” by Stephen Temperley is a real knee-slapper, starring Lisa Jolley as Jenkins and Jonas Cohen as her long-suffering and increasingly concerned piano accompanist, teacher, and friend Cosmé McMoon, who becomes more and more fearful that one day soon Mrs. J will discover that the joke is on her! But Florence Foster Jenkins is inexplicably oblivious to the smothered laughs and stifled snorts of her audiences.

Jonas Cohen and Lisa Jolley in "Souvenir" (photos by Adam Twiss and Keith Tew)

“Souvenir” Is an Affectionate Tribute to a Wealthy Would-Be Opera Singer — Who Couldn’t Sing!

Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh will stage London-born Woodstock, NY dramatist Stephen Temperley’s terrific two-hander,” “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, a comedy with music starring consummate local comedienne and Broadway veteran Lisa Jolley (Hairspray) as Jenkins and New York actor Jonas Cohen as her flamboyant gay accompanist Cosmé McMoon, on Oct. 3-7 and 10-14 in Sara Lynn and K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Theater in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Tony Award® Nominee Alan Campbell Stars in Hot Summer Nights’ Season Finale “Oh, What a Night!”

Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy’s rollicking musical revue “Oh, What a Night!” features songs from Broadway’s blockbuster musicals, such as “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys,” and “Les Misérables,” and stars Tony nominee Alan Campbell and fellow Broadway veterans Lisa Jolley and Ray Walker.


Thanks to the hilarious hijinks of Broadway funny lady Lisa Jolley as agoraphobic housewife Jeannie Garstecki, sultry chanteuse Canady Vance Thomas as runaway stripper Pippi, and Jesse R. Gephart as Pippi’s crazed Magic Marker-sniffing boyfriend, gun-toting boyfriend Duke, THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL comes with a bladder-control advisory: Don’t try to watch this show with a full bladder, even if you’re wearing adult diapers! Your cup will runneth over.