FRANCO CENTER’S CONNIE FRANCIS TRIBUTE TO INCLUDE FRENCH SONGS

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November 2016

Those planning to attend the return of AMONG MY SOUVENIRS—last year’s sold-out musical tribute to America’s Sweetheart Connie Francis— can expect a little added surprise to this year’s concert:  “Des chansons en francais!”

Louis Philippe, creator and Music Director of the multi-media touring revue AMONG MY SOUVENIRS, said he was aware that Connie Francis recorded many albums of favorite foreign songs—Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, German and Irish, but discovered a few French songs that she had also recorded in her career.

“What a perfect addition to the program just in time for the wonderful audiences of the Franco Center coming up the weekend after Thanksgiving,” Philippe noted.

Described as “the most moving and fun shows Reindeer Productions ever staged,” AMONG MY SOUVENIRS quickly sold out last year so the Franco Center is bringing the touring concert back by popular demand for TWO shows: Saturday, November 26 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, November 27 at 2 PM.

The show features the bouncy, melodic, pop hits that are embedded in the hearts of America’s teen culture from the 50s and 60s:  Who’s Sorry Now, Where The Boys Are, V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N, Lipstick On Your Collar, I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter, Stupid Cupid, Follow The Boys, Among My Souvenirs and more.

“These are all the popular, infectious and sentimental hits of Connie Francis that the audience will easily reminisce and re-connect with…and singing along is encouraged,” said Philippe.

Krista LeBeau Johnson of Windham has been the star of the show since it was reincarnated in 2013.  “Krista has an incredible appealing stage persona much like Connie’s and she easily captures the iconic Francis trademarks—her powerful and mesmerizing vocal delivery of infectious pop melodies and schmaltzy lyrics that all combine for a supreme night of nostalgia,” Philippe stated.

In addition to Philippe on piano, the back-up combo includes Bruce LeBeau of Westbrook on bass, Marc Mailhot of Westbrook on drums, Tom O’Donnell of Farmington on guitar (the original guitarist from the 1994 revue).

In addition to the musical memories, the audience will be treated to a pictorial review of Connie’s life while a narration of her career and personal struggles is presented by Maureen Knott LeBeau of Westbrook.

The Gendron Franco Center is located at 46 Cedar St., Lewiston.  Reserved seats are $18 ($15 for Seniors) and can be obtained by calling 207 689-2000.  For Saturday’s performance, the doors at the main entrance located on Oxford Street (Heritage Hall double red doors) will open at 6:30 PM for a pre-show social hour.  FMI, visit www.facebook.com/FrancoCenter/events.

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