Connie3   Krista1

November 2015

The widely-popular, infectious and sentimental hits of Connie Francis will be center stage on Saturday, November 28th at 7:30 PM, when The Franco Center presents AMONG MY SOUVENIRS, Louis Philippe’s musical tribute to America’s sweetheart.

“It was one of the most moving and fun shows Reindeer Theatre Company ever staged,” said Louis Philippe, of the multi-media show he created in 1994—and has wanted to present since. “With a line-up of those dreamy, bouncy, trademark Connie Francis hits performed live, interspersed with a narration of her life, career and personal struggles, along with nostalgic images of the star, audiences were completely captivated and enthralled to re-live some powerful memories of the late 50s and 60s.

The star of the show is Krista Johnson of Westbrook, who sang in a church choir that Philippe directed. “With such a strong commanding voice, a commercial appeal and a graceful and confident stage persona, she had all the ingredients to make this stage tribute successful,” Philippe said. “So I told her about the show 20 years prior and asked if she’d like to reprise it.”

Johnson jumped at the opportunity. “Finally, I was given an opportunity to share my gift,” the enthusiastic singer shared. “But I had never heard of Connie Francis before, so I rushed home and devoured every YouTube video and every article I could find online, and immediately downloaded 20 of her songs. Now, I feel honored to be singing her greatest hits. I love her schmaltzy style, her smooth voice that is so effortless,” she said.

“There are many songs I emotionally connect with,” Krista noted, “many lyrics that bring me to different times and experiences in my life, and sometimes I get carried away while singing Connie’s songs.  Just recently my husband pointed out a few songs he felt “were written for me to sing.”

The songs are what made Connie Francis the top-charting female artist of the late 50s and early 60s, an international recording star, a television and movie star and a top concert draw. Her hits include: “Who’s Sorry Now, V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N, Where The Boys Are, Lipstick On Your Collar, Stupid Cupid, A Second Hand Love, Follow The Boys” and many more.

The musicians will include Philippe, Music Director, on piano, Bruce LeBeau on bass, Marc Mailhot on drums and Tom O’Donnell on guitar (the original guitarist from the 1994 show).

AMONG MY SOUVENIRS is being presented in the Franco Center’s Heritage Hall. Doors will open at 6:30 PM with a cash bar and an open concession counter. Tickets are $15 and can be obtained by calling 207 689-2000.



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