Lend Me A Tenor – Ken Ludwig – November 2016

TenortempLend Me A Tenor
Performances: November 11,12,13,18 and 19 
winner! 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards
Nominee! 2010 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play

“An accelerating snowball of laughter, Lend Me A Tenor has the class and charm of a Kaufman and Hart comedy plus all the door-slamming hilarity of a Marx Brothers’ classic likeRoom Service.” – Jim Helsinger, PA Shakespeare Festival

Lend Me A Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter. It was directed on Broadway by Jerry Zaks, and in London by David Gilmore.

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hickstein-scottScott Hickman as MAX – assistant to Saunders


Maria Wesler as MAGGIE – Max’s girlfriend
riess-bryanBryan Reiss as SAUNDERS – Maggie’s father, General Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company
wcislo-len-1Len Wcislo as TITO MERELLI – a world-famous tenor, known also to his fans as Il Stupendo
Kathryn Cargill as MARIA – Tito’s wife
Jimmy Mmazeika-jimazeika as BELLHOP – a bellhop
Mary Tumtuminello-maryinello as DIANA – a soprano
crawford-pegPeg Crawford as  JULIA – Chairman of the Opera Guild