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Lend Me A Tenor

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 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. 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.

Kind Words

β€œA remarkable piece of music 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.

β€œThe most inventive, original farce in a long time …”

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

β€œHilariously over the top.”
The Manchester Guardian.

β€œFills the theatre with the sound of laughter.”
The (London) Sunday Express.

β€œFree flowing honest-to-goodness unforced farce.”
New York Magazine.

β€œIt’s hilarious … The funniest show on Broadway.”

β€œThe 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


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)


- Broadway Production
The Wall Street Journal
USA Today
New York Daily News
- Northern Stage
Times Argus

Licensing Information

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

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Alison Fraser as Diana

Set for Lend me a Tenor at the George Street Playhouse

Garrett Long as Maggie - Peter Maloney as Saunders

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Left Peter Maloney as Saunders - Alix Elias as Julia
Right Michael Cyril Crighton as the Bellhop - Alix Elias as Julia - Garrett Long as Maggie

Patrick Quinn as Tito - Mary Testa as Maria

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Left Romain Fruge as Max
Right Alison Fraser as Diana

Romain Fruge as Max - Patrick Quinn as Tito

Alison Fraser as Diana

Alison Fraser as Diana

Patrick Quinn as Tito - Alison Fraser as Diana

Patrick Quinn as Tito - Alison Fraser as Diana

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

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

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Caldwell Theatre Company, Boca Raton, Florida


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