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Swedish Nightingale's visit to Louisville in 1851!

“When Jenny Lind Came To Town,” a fact-based, fictionalized musical docu-drama celebrating Jenny Lind’s April 1851 performances in Louisville, Ky., and Madison, In., will make its debut at the Clifton Center in Louisville, April 3-7, 2013. Until March 15, prices are $12.50 or $10 for seniors and students. Groups of 10 or more is $7.50 per ticket if ordered by March 15, by calling 502-633-9100. After that, it's a flat $15 or $12.50 for seniors and students.

The play is the newest work of Kentucky playwright Mike Smith whose hobby of collecting vintage programs and tickets inspired him to write and produce a play about one of the most revered sopranos the world has ever known. Jenny Lind’s unscheduled appearance in Madison became one of the city’s crowning achievements in its history.

Directed by Bill Breuer and musical director Lynne McReynolds Chenault, the play tells a spirited story about the infamous promoter P.T. Barnum’s plan to bring the Swedish Nightingale on tour to America and how Madison, In. pork-house worker Billy Wilson, despite incredible odds, convinced Barnum to change Lind’s tour and make an unscheduled stop in Madison. Thus, Wilson would fulfill his dream of doing something spectacular for Madison and win the heart of his girl, Mary Fremont.

Lead Betsy Archer (Jenny Lind) received her bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of California at Irvine. She has performed professionally as a soloist with various groups, including the Grand Rapids Symphony, Calvin College’s Oratorio Society and ‘Tis the Season Show Carolers in Los Angeles.

Audiences will see a re-creation of Jenny Lind’s performance in Louisville’s Mozart Hall, which in 1851 had just opened. Featured will be such characters as P.T. Barnum, General Tom Thumb, composer Stephen Foster, and Kentucky legislator and celebrity, Henry Clay; and hear popular music of the period performed at Louisville and Madison in 1851. The show reveals how “My Old Kentucky Home” made its public debut with Jenny Lind in Louisville.

We have assembled a highly talented cast of actors and singers from Kentucky and Indiana. See the core cast and other production information In addition to the cast, eight members of the Louisville Chorus will be participating as will West of Dublin, a Celtic band from Madison, IN.

For more information, please contact Mike Smith (502) 633-9100 or; or media contact Janine Linder, or 502-807-0148.

Clifton Center
Louisville, KY 40206
Phone: 502-633-9100

Price: $15; $12.50 seniors and students (Through March 15 discounts for admission.)
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