Winner of 3 Tony Awards, ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ is set in September 1934.
Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to wel-come world famous Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation. He is to appear for one night only as Otello but 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. What follows is a chain-reaction of mistaken identity, plot twists, double entendres, innuendoes, and constant entrances and exits through many doors. A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.