Souvenir is a fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy socialite and a real life historical figure, told through the eyes of her accompanist Cosme McMoon. She is completely tone deaf but convinced she is a great soprano.
The audience enters Florence's world completely, finding there the beauty she'd heard in her head all along
In 1932, she met mediocre pianist Cosmé McMoon, and the two teamed up in the hope of achieving success. Over the next dozen years, their bizarre partnership yielded hilariously off-key recitals that became the talk of New York, earned them cultish fame. The play culminates in a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall in 1944, where the audience "turns on her in gales of derisive guffaws."
The play's title, Souvenir, comes from Jenkins insisting on recording "Queen of the Night" (Mozart), saying that when her voice is not as strong, the recording will make "a lovely souvenir."