Friday, May 28

Lend Me A Tenor Musical Heading for the West End?

A new musical adaptation of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor is hoping for the West End run later this year.

The new production premieres at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on 24th  September and features a cast of 27 led by Matthew Kelly, Sally Ann Triplett, Damian Humbley and Michael Matus.

Ludwig’s original play premiered in the West End at the Globe Theatre (now the Gielgud) in 1986 and opened on Broadway in 1989 when it won two Tony Awards. It was revived on Broadway in March of this year when it was directed by Stanley Tucci.

Lend Me a Tenor takes place in 1934 and tells the tale of famous tenor Tito Merelli ("Il Stupendo") as he prepares to perform Otello. Things go wrong at the final dress rehearsal with mistaken identity, double entendres and innuendoes threatening to ruin the show. When Tito can’t go on the director’s assistant Max is given the impossible task of finding a last-minute replacement.

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