Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
8:10 PM - 10:30 PM
Robert S. Carey Student Center-Performing Arts Center
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Colleen Reilly
(724) 537-8900
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It has been 10 years since our last production of this celebrated comedy from one of America’s funniest contemporary playwrights, and our audiences have been requesting a revival ever since.  In 1934 the Cleveland Grand Opera company is presenting a gala production of Otello, starring the world-famous tenor, Tito Merelli - known to his fans as Il Stupendo.  On opening night, however, Tito is discovered in his hotel suite, apparently dead from an overdose of sleeping pills.  Desperate to save his production, the company’s general manager, Saunders, persuades his meek assistant Max (a gifted aspiring singer) to masquerade as the dead star for one performance - under the heavy make-up, who can tell the difference?  Reluctantly, Max complies and he’s a hit.  But when Tito turns out to be slightly less dead than Saunders thought, the complications begin.  As Saunders and Max try desperately to cover-up their deception, they must contend not only with the confused tenor himself, but also with the company’s leading lady (a beautiful soprano out to seduce Il Stupendo), Tito’s insanely jealous wife, Saunders’ sweet daughter (whom Max has loved hopelessly for years), the ditzy chair of the opera guild, and a star-struck bellhop... mix it all together and you have the recipe for one of the most beloved comedies of the 20th century. 

A remarkable piece of theatre … a masterpiece … Author Ken Ludwig has verve, a sound grasp of plot mechanics and a rare ability to couple high art with low comedy.”  - The London Times

Free flowing honest-to-goodness unforced farce.”  - New York Magazine

“Lend Me a Tenor (Ludwig)” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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