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Michael Cyril Creighton as the Bellhop, Alix Elias as Julia and Garrett Long as Maggie
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Alison Fraser as Diana

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Connie SaLoutos and Allan Baker in Caldwell Theatre's production of Lend Me A Tenor
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Lend Me A Tenor

Lend Me A Tenor

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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, Tito Merelli, 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 Merelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Merelli 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. 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.

Ken Ludwig's Lend Me A Tenor at Papermill Playhouse

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From left, Celia Tackaberry, Doug Stender choking Seth Rudetsky, Catia Ojeda and Jim Poulos in a scene from Engeman Theater’s production of “Lend Me a Tenor.”


Reviews

Click to read reviews from the current Broadway revival of Lend Me A Tenor.

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 …
Punch

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.
WNEW

"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."
Variety

"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

Awards

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

Newsday

- 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

News

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

Articles

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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Lend Me A Tenor stars Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub, and Justin Bartha featured on the Today Show.

Watch Broadway.com's Word Of Mouth Review


Lend Them Your Ears

Stanley Tucci, Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub, Justin Bartha, Jan Maxwell, and Mary Catherine Garrison provide an inside look at the hit Broadway revival of Lend Me a Tenor.

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Production Photos

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

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Tovah Feldshuh as Maria - Ron Holgate as Tito

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

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

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

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

Lend Me a Tenor at Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne, Terrebonne, Quebec
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Dominique Pétin as Diana - Benoît Brière as Max

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Adèle Reinhardt as Julia - Pierre Collin as M. Beaudet

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

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Cast of Lend Me a Tenor, Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne

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Benoît Brière as Max - Dominique Pétin as Diana

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Benoît Brière as Max - Nathalie Mallette as Maggie

Lend Me a Tenor at George Street Playhouse,
directed by David Saint
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Set for Lend me a Tenor at the George Street Playhouse

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Garrett Long as Maggie - Peter Maloney as Saunders

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Patrick Quinn as Tito - Mary Testa as Maria

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Romain Fruge as Max - Patrick Quinn as Tito

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Alison Fraser as Diana

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Patrick Quinn as Tito - Alison Fraser as Diana

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Patrick Quinn as Tito - Alison Fraser as Diana

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Peter Maloney as Saunders - Romain Fruge as Max - Patrick Quinn as Tito

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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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