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Lend Me a Tenor
Feb 25 - Mar 20, 2011
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.
In Chanticleers Theatre's production, the cast includes: Jeffrey Morrill as Max, Erin Reis as Maggie, Brian Levi as Tito, Maureen Quintana as Maria, Jonathan Ferro as Saunders, Emily Frybarger as Diana, Alejandro Romero as the Bellhop, and Maureen Coyne as Julia.
The original 1989 Broadway production ran for 476 performances, winning two Tony Awards. The 2010 Broadway revival ran for 153 performances.
"The most howlingly funny laugh machine to hit Broadway in years."
Time Out, New York.
Final Weekend Performances:
Friday, March 18, 8 PM
Saturday, March 19, 8 PM
Sunday, March 20, 2 PM Matinee
Some reviews from audience members:
"Delightful, madcap fun. The cast is having more fun than
the audience, which is a lot. Very fast- paced timing, acted perfectly. Great
costumes! Clever set.
The whole production is 100% excellent."
"Loved the show. I thought it would be a musical - and
it was not - but a bright, funny farce, well acted, great timing in scenes and
a lovely, intimate theater. Would highly recommend the show."
"The play was upbeat and kept moving. Every actor did a
wonderful job. You left the theatre feeling happy. I loved it!"