Lend me a Tenor
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This uproarious new show by Peter Sham and Brad Carroll, Lend me a Tenor is a riotous, unpredictable explosion of mistaken identities and unexpected romance - based on the award winning West End and Broadway hit comedy by Ken Ludwig.
It’s 1934, and the world’s greatest tenor Tito Merelli has come to Cleveland, Ohio, to save its Grand Opera Company by singing Otello. When he is unexpectedly incapacitated, Max, the opera director's meek assistant, is given the daunting task of finding a last minute replacement. Chaos ensues - including a scheming soprano, a jealous wife, shrimp gone bad and the Cleveland Police department.
The Lend Me a Tenor show had a try-out last September at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and was nominated for Best Regional Production in our Whatsonstage.com Awards and now transfers to the Gielgud Theatre.
The Lend Me A Tenor cast is led by Matthew Kelly as Henry Saunders (the General Manager of the opera company), Michael Matus as Tito Merelli, Damian Humbley as Max and Sophie-Louise Dann as prima donna Diana Divane, all reprising their performances from Plymouth.
Former Open Air Theatre artistic director, Ian Talbot, directs Lend Me A Tenor.
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16 June 2011
In the mid-eighties, Ken Ludwig's operatic farce Lend Me A Tenor had them rolling in the aisles in the West End at the attempts of a desperate impresario to replace his indisposed opera star without his audience – or the rest of the cast – knowing they're watching an understudy.
The play went on to glory on Broadway, where it has lately been revived, but now comes a musical version with book and lyrics by Peter Sham and music by Brad Carroll, arriving at the Gielgud Theatre by way of the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
Ian Talbot's production is faultlessly cast, with a lumbering, bearish Matthew Kelly as the neurotic impresario Henry Saunders; Michael Matus as the heart-throb Italian tenor Tito Merelli; Joanna Riding as Merelli's jealous, vengeful wife Maria; Damian Humbley as Max, the geek with the voice of a god who ends up drugging and replacing Tito in Verdi's Otello; and [Cassidy Janso...
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rob g - 1 August 2011:
really enjoyed this show catch it while you still can , be yourself was a highlight , title song agree bit wasted sumptious show and great cast will be a loss to the west end ...
Matthew Kelly (Henry Saunders)
Damian Humbley (Max)
Michael Matus (Tito Merelli)
Sophie-Louise Dann (Diana Divane)
Cassidy Janson (Maggie Saunders)
Gay Soper (Lady of the Opera Guild)
Jane Quinn (Lady of the Opera Guild)
Michelle Bishop (Lady of the Opera Guild)
Natasha J. Barnes
Peter Sham (Book)
Peter Sham (Lyrics)
Brad Carroll (based on a play by Ken Ludwig) (Music)
Martin Platt (Producer)
David Elliott (in association with Eileen and Allen Anes - Theatre Royal Plymouth Production) (Producer)
Ian Talbot (Director)
Paul Farnsworth (Design)
Tim Mitchell (Lighting)
Randy Skinner (Choreographer)
Terry Jardine (Sound)
Nick Lidster (Sound)