|Matthew Kelly in Lend Me A Tenor|
Producers Hopeful for Tenor Transfer Come Dec
Date: 6 June 2011
The producers of Lend Me A Tenor have this morning (6 June 2011) said they are hopeful the production will continue its West End run beyond November 2011 in light of today's news that The Ladykillers will follow the show into the West End's Gielgud Theatre from 7 December 2011 (previews 26 November).
In a press statement, producers Martin Platt and David Elliott of Perry Street Theatricals advised they had "always been aware that our run at the Gielgud Theatre may be limited, and as such have been in discussions with Delfont Mackintosh Theatres (DMT) with regards a potential transfer at the end of our initial six months". The production is currently booking through to 19 November 2011.
The producers added that transferring the production, which is currently in previews ahead of an opening night on 15 June 2011, is a "very real possibility and we are working closely with DMT on potential plans for the production in the West End."
Lend Me A Tenor found a home in the Shaftesbury Avenue theatre following the early closure of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and a try-out run last September at the Theatre Royal Plymouth which was nominated for Best Regional Production in the Whatsonstage.com Awards.
Coincidentally, Ken Ludwig’s original award-winning play premiered at the same address (then called the Globe Theatre) in 1986 before going on to receive its Broadway premiere in 1989 and to win two Tony Awards. In March 2010, it was revived on Broadway, directed by Stanley Tucci with a cast including Anthony LaPaglia.
Matthew Kelly, Damian Humbley, Michael Matus and Sophie-Louise Dann all reprise their Plymouth roles, joined in a cast by Joanna Riding, Cassidy Janson, Gay Soper, Jane Quinn and Michelle Bishop.
Set in 1934, Lend Me a Tenor The Musical revolves around renowned tenor Tito Merelli, known as "Il Stupendo", as he prepares to perform his greatest role, Otello. Things go wrong at the final dress rehearsal though, as a case of mistaken identity, double entendres and innuendoes threaten to ruin the show. When Tito is incapacitated, the director’s meek assistant Max is given the daunting task of finding a last-minute replacement.
The show is presented by Martin Platt and David Elliott, in association with Eileen and Allen Anes.
- by Andrew Girvan
|The Ladykillers embarks on UK tour from Plymouth, 14 Sep - 19th Mar 2012 news|
|Matilda, Guvnors & Ladykillers lead the field at 2012 Oliviers - 15th Mar 2012 news|
|Ladykillers set to leave West End but could return, says producer - 25th Jan 2012 news|
|Nothing On Noises Off - 12th Jan 2012 blog|
|Queues On the Avenue - 6th Jan 2012 blog|
|Plays Extend: Noises Off, Lion in Winter Adds Matinee - 5th Jan 2012 news|
|The Ladykillers - 8th Dec 2011 reviews|
|1st Night Photos: Brydon Braves West End Ladykillers - 8th Dec 2011 photos|
|Review Round-up: Glowing Response for Linehan's Ladykillers - 8th Dec 2011 roundup|
|WOS Radio: Theatregoers Get Up Close to Ladykillers - 1st Dec 2011 radio|
|Show Pics: Ladykillers Make Liverpool Debut Ahead of West End - 9th Nov 2011 photos|
|Brief Encounter With ... Crazy for You's Ken Ludwig - 15th Aug 2011 interviews|
|Yes, Prime Minister Moves Back to Gielgud, 20 Sep - 5th Aug 2011 news|
|Lend Me a Tenor Musical Posts Early Closing Notices, 6 Aug - 25th Jul 2011 news|
|Photos: Tenor Trumps Les Mis In West End Tug of War - 14th Jul 2011 news|
|Tenor & Les Mis Battle In West End Tug of War??? - 13th Jul 2011 gossip|
|News of the World Shock Horror - 8th Jul 2011 blog|
|WOS TV: Up Close With ... Lend Me a Tenor's Matthew Kelly - 27th Jun 2011 tv|
|Lend Me a Tourniquet - 19th Jun 2011 blog|
|Summer These Days - 17th Jun 2011 blog|
|Review Round-up: Talbot Lends Gielgud a Tenor - 16th Jun 2011 roundup|
|1st Night Photos: Tenor Returns to Gielgud - 16th Jun 2011 photos|
|Lend Me A Tenor - 16th Jun 2011 reviews|
|Theatregoers Sing Tenor Praises at Reception - 15th Jun 2011 blog|
|Opening: Shrek, Derren Brown, Tenor & Betrayal - 13th Jun 2011 news|
|Photos: Cast of Talbot's Tenor Sing at Gielgud - 9th Jun 2011 photos|
|Ladykillers Jump the Gun - 6th Jun 2011 blog|
|Linehan's Ladykillers Come to West End, 7 Dec - 6th Jun 2011 news|
|Musicals Cast: Full London Tenor, Top Hat Tour - 13th May 2011 news|
|Kelly & Humbley Star in West End Lend Me a Tenor - 14th Apr 2011 news|
|Lend Me a Tenor Musical Goes Back to Gielgud - 11th Apr 2011 news|
|Lend Me A Tenor (Plymouth & Tour) - 29th Sep 2010 reviews|
|Well, here we are with a problem. A genuine hit musical that needs to transfer. A show that is worth your time and appreciation. Over in New York, everyone wants a WONDER WOMAN musical. I will put my money on TENOR. - Jim Richards||08 Jun 11|
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