Lend Me A Tenor

Lend Me A Tenor

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"One of the classic comedies of the 20th century."
The Washington Post

Ken Ludwig on the 25th Anniversary of his play, Lend Me a Tenor

A Comedy

Winner of 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards, 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 singer Tito Merelli, known as Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as the star of the opera. Tito arrives late, and through a hilarious series of mishaps, he 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 - and in a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Merelli's costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds and lives up to his idol, but Merelli regains consciousness and gets into the identical costume, ready to perform. Now two opera singers are running around in the same 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.

For 4 men and 4 women. One set.

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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

One of two great farces by a living writer.”
The New York Times

"Ken Ludwig's 1989 Tony-winning comedy is one of only two classic farces by a living playwright, the other being Michael Frayn's frenetic "Noises Off"
Daily News

The most inventive, original farce in a long time …

A furiously paced comedy with more than a touch of the Marx brothers … A marvelous combination of wonderful farcical moments and funny lines.
Time Out

Hilariously over the top.”
The Manchester Guardian

Fills the theatre with the sound of laughter.
The (London) Sunday Express

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

It’s hilarious … The funniest show on Broadway.

"A rollercoaster of fun for everybody in the building...a solid, constantly accelerating snowball of a comedy!"
Phoenix News Times

The Big Winner!
New York Daily News

"Non stop laughter."

"Uproarious! Hysterical!"
USA Today

"A rib tickling comedy."
The New York Post

"Screamingly funny!"
CBS Radio

"[A] three-ring circus of chaos involving celebrity worship, backstage shenanigans and mistaken identities."
Desert News

"One of the funniest comedies ever written. Ken Ludwig has written a crackpot comedy worthy of comic masters Preston Sturges, Billy Wilder or Howard Hawks."
Glendale Theater Examiner


2 Tony Awards - for Best Direction of a Play and Best Actor in a Play (Philip Bosco)

5 Tony Award Nominations including Best Play

3 Outer Critics Circle Awards - for Best Set, Best Costume and Best Lighting Design

4 Drama Desk Awards - for Outstanding Actor in a play (Philip Bosco), Best Costume Design, Best Director and Outstanding Featured Actress in a play (Tovah Feldshuh)

2 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Oliver Award for Comedy of the Year (nominee)

Full Reviews

- Broadway Production
The Wall Street Journal
USA Today
New York Daily News

- John Engeman Theatre Production
New York Times


- Northern Stage Production
Times Argus

-Edge of the World Theatre Production
The Daily Herald

-Cape Playhouse Production
Cape Cod Today

-Hale Center Theatre Production
Phoenix News Times


Vienna Production of Lend Me A Tenor starring Otto Schenk Reaches 450th Performance


Jim Poulos, Neal Benari, Michelle Ragusa and Seth Rudetsky star in the John W. Engeman Theatre staging of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor

Caldwell changes 'Tenor' with latest show

Hunter Foster stars in Lend Me A Tenor at The Cape Playhouse

Hunter Foster's accidental tour of New England

Student Theatre Review: Bethesda Chevy Chase High School's Lend Me a Tenor

Licensing Information

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Production Photos

Lend Me a Tenor at the Royale Theater, New York City
Directed by Jerry Zaks
PC: Martha Swope

From left to right: J. Smith-Cameron as Maggie - Jeff Brooks as The Bellhop - Philip Bosco as Saunders - Jane Connell as Julia - Caroline Lagerfelt as Diana - Victor Garber as Max - Tovah Feldshuh as Maria - and Ron Holgate as Tito

Tovah Feldshuh as Maria - Ron Holgate as Tito

Jane Connell as Julia - Philip Bosco as Saunders - Jeff Brooks as The Bellhop - J. Smith-Cameron as Maggie

Victor Garber as Max - Philip Bosco as Saunders - Ron Holgate as Tito - Tovah Feldshuh as Maria

J. Smith-Cameron as Maggie - Jeff Brooks as The Bellhop - Philip Bosco as Saunders - Jane Connell as Julia

Philip Bosco as Saunders - Jane Connell as Julia - Tovah Feldshuh as Maria

Lend Me a Tenor at Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne, Terrebonne, Quebec
PC: Sébastien Arbour

Dominique Pétin as Diana - Benoît Brière as Max

Adèle Reinhardt as Julia - Pierre Collin as M. Beaudet

Chantal Baril as Maria - Pierre Collin as M. Beaudet - Patrice Coquereau
as The Bellhop - Benoît Brière as Max

Benoît Brière as Max - Dominique Pétin as Diana

Benoît Brière as Max - Nathalie Mallette as Maggie

Lend Me a Tenor at George Street Playhouse,
directed by David Saint
PC: T. Charles Erickson

Set for Lend me a Tenor at the George Street Playhouse

Garrett Long as Maggie - Peter Maloney as Saunders

Patrick Quinn as Tito - Mary Testa as Maria

Romain Fruge as Max - Patrick Quinn as Tito

Alison Fraser as Diana

Mary Testa as Maria - Alison Fraser as Diana - Garrett Long as Maggie

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Caldwell Theatre Company, Boca Raton, Florida

Lend Me A Tenor at the Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna, Austria starring Otto Schenk:

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