Winner! 3 Tony® Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards. Nominee! 2010 Tony® Award, Best Revival of a Play
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By Ken Ludwig
Lend Me a Tenor is set in September 1934. The Cleveland Grand Opera Company is primed to welcome world-famous Tito Morelli, known as 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. Believing that Tito is dead, the opera manager, in a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, persuades his hapless assistant, 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 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.
A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.
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