Why are there two different versions of Lend Me A Tenor, and where can I find a copy of the old version?

Dear Ken,

Why are there two different versions of Lend Me A Tenor? The newer one seems to be cleaned up, shorter, and, in my opinion, not as funny. I'm just curious as to why a different version was released, and where can I find a copy of the old version? Thank you so much for your time!

Andrea

Ken replies:

The two different versions of Lend Me a Tenor are the result of two different productions. Tenor was first produced in London’s West End, and then on Broadway. The first version of the play, published by Samuel French Ltd. in London, reflects the text of the play as it was produced in the West End. When Tenor came to Broadway, I did revisions during the rehearsals and the Samuel French Inc. acting edition, published in New York, reflects these changes. If you would like to purchase the earlier version of the script, Samuel French Ltd. has a book shop located 52 Fitzroy Street in London. They do not have an online store, but their website gives details on how to purchase their books.

Frankly, I was equally happy with both versions, but the second, Broadway version is the one that gets done most often.

Thanks so much for asking.

All best,

Ken

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