Lend Me A Tenor
By Ken Ludwig
Stage Direction by Craig A. Miller
Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play
It's 1934 and the biggest night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. World famous tenor Tito Merelli is to perform Otello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener. Saunders, the harried General Manager, hopes this will put Cleveland on the cultural map. But, Merelli is nowhere to be found; when he finally arrives drunk, it is too late for any rehearsal. Through a hilarious series of mishaps, 'Il Stupendo' is given a double dose of tranquilizers, which mix with the booze he has consumed, and he passes out cold. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he is dead! What to do? This hilarious, door-slamming, mistaken identity, powerhouse farce is not to be missed!
Cast includes: Heather Buck, Adam Burkholder, Jeff Coté April Krautner, Marty Pistone*, Kim Williams, and Larry Williams. *Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
"6th Street Playhouse has another out-of-the-park grand slam on its hands with "Lend Me A Tenor," Ken Ludwig's now classic door-slamming farce about an Italian opera star who's too sick to perform at a Cleveland gala, and the behind-the-scenes hysteria that ensues. Under the able direction of Craig A. Miller, the superb eight-member cast hits every note and every beat with dazzling comic precision. "Tenor" has rarely been performed with more energy or panache. The laughs come so quickly and so often that you won't be able to catch your breath . . . a two-hour comedic joy ride not to be missed." (Barry Willis - President, SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle)