Voices That Are Gone...The Stephen Foster Story tells the tragic story of America's first professional songwriter through his own immortal songs. The segment presented in Voyage...! focused on his family, his wife Jenny ("Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair") and his beloved daughter Marion.
The play is narrated by a grown-up Marion on July 4, 1926, the 100th anniversary of Stephen's birth. She shares memories of her playful, yet mysterious, father with a reporter Geoff Cooper. Why is Cooper interested in Stephen Foster? He is himself the grandson of George Cooper, Stephen's last collaborator and dear friend.
Stephen's last years were spent separated from his family, him living in New York trying to resuscitate his flagging career while Jenny took their daughter and moved back to Pittsburgh to work as a telegraph operator during the Civil War. (Andrew Carnegie himself got her the job.) The climactic scene scene of Voices... takes place at the New York railway station. Stephen bids goodbye to his family and presents Marion with a music box that plays one of his greatest songs, a private gift to his daughter that will not be published until after his death.
Beautiful dreamer, queen of my heart,
List while I woo thee with soft melody.
Now let the clouds of sorrow depart.
Beautiful dreamer awake unto me.
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