Lend Me A Tenor

Music Box Theatre

Previews Began: March 12, 2010

Opening Night: April 4, 2010

Closing Night: August 15, 2010

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Playwright: Ken Ludwig

World-renowned tenor Tito Merelli has signed on to play Otello at a Cleveland opera company in the fall of 1934. He arrives late and, through a set of crazy circumstances, passes out after mixing wine with a huge dose of tranquilizers. Believing that the divo is dead, the excitable opera manager taps his hapless assistant, an aspiring singer named Max, to suit up as the Moor and replace Merelli. Meanwhile, the tenor’s jealous wife, his ambitious female co-star, Max’s young girlfriend and the flirtatious head of the opera guild are on the scene fighting—sometimes literally—for the star’s attention.


Justin Bartha                                                                      Max
Anthony LaPaglia                                                Tito Merelli
Tony Shalhoub                                                           Saunders
Brooke Adams                                                                   Julia
Mary Catherine Garrison                                           Maggie
Jay Klaitz                                                                       Bellhop
Jan Maxwell                                                                     Maria
Jennifer Laura Thompson                                            Diana

Understudies: Jessie Austrian (Maggie/Diana), Tony Carlin (Saunders/Tito Merelli), Donna English (Maria/Julia), Brian Sears (Max/Bellhop)


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