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Lend Me a Tenor (Ludwig) - Full Length Play, Comedy

Lend Me a Tenor (Ludwig)

Ken Ludwig

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573691218

Winner! 3 Tony and 4 Drama Desk awards.

“One of two great farces by a living writer.” - The New York Times

This night in September of 1934 is the biggest in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company world famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform Otello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener...

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$9.95
: Acting Edition
$15.95
Downloadable Backing Music
$17.95
: Large Print
$19.95
: Stage Manager

Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Optional Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play -

September, 1934 in the Cleveland Hotel suite reserved for Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy

Cutting Approved for Competition, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Betrayal, Love

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Tony, From Broadway

Winner! 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards
Nominee! 2010 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play

"An accelerating snowball of laughter, Lend Me A Tenor has the class and charm of a Kaufman and Hart comedy plus all the door-slamming hilarity of a Marx Brothers' classic like Room Service." - Jim Helsinger, PA Shakespeare Festival

Lend Me A Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star 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. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter. It was directed on Broadway by Jerry Zaks, and in London by David Gilmore.

REVIEWS

“A remarkable piece of theatre… a masterpiece… Author Ken Ludwig has verve, a sound grasp of plot mechanics and a rare ability to couple high art with low comedy.” - The London Times

“One of two great farces by a living writer.” - The New York Times

"Ken Ludwig's 1989 Tony-winning comedy is one of only two classic farces by a living playwright, the other being Michael Frayn's frenetic Noises Off” - New York Daily News

“The most inventive, original farce in a long time…” - Punch

“A furiously paced comedy with more than a touch of the Marx brothers… A marvelous combination of wonderful farcical moments and funny lines.” - Time Out New York

“Hilariously over the top.” - The Manchester Guardian

“Fills the theatre with the sound of laughter.” - The Sunday Express, London

“Free flowing honest-to-goodness unforced farce.” - New York Magazine

“It’s hilarious… The funniest show on Broadway.” - WNEW

"A rollercoaster of fun for everybody in the building… a solid, constantly accelerating snowball of a comedy!" - Phoenix News Times

“The Big Winner!” - New York Daily News

"Non stop laughter." - Variety

"Uproarious! Hysterical!" - USA Today

"A rib tickling comedy." - The New York Post

"Screamingly funny!" - CBS Radio

"[A] three-ring circus of chaos involving celebrity worship, backstage shenanigans and mistaken identities." - Desert News

"One of the funniest comedies ever written. Ken Ludwig has written a crackpot comedy worthy of comic masters Preston Sturges, Billy Wilder or Howard Hawks." - Glendale Theater Examiner


Lend Me a Tenor was first presented at the American Stage Festival, Milford, New Hampshire on August 1, 1985. It was directed by Larry Carpenter.

The play was subsequently presented by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Company at the Globe Theatre, London on March 6, 1986. It was directed by David Gilmore

The play was first presented in New York City on March 2, 1989 at the Royale Theater by Martin Starger and The Really Useful Theater Company, directed by Jerry Zaks.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CHORUS SIZE

Large

MAX - assistant to Saunders
MAGGIE - Max's girlfriend
SAUNDERS - Maggie's father, General Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company
TITO MERELLI - a world-famous tenor, known also to his fans as Il Stupendo
MARIA - Tito's wife
BELLHOP - a bellhop
DIANA - a soprano
JULIA - Chairman of the Opera Guild

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Downloadable Backing Music

#1: "La Donna e Mobile" (pg 11)
#2: "Dio, che nell'alma infondere" (pg 45)
#3: "Dio, che nell'alma infondere" (pg 52)
#4: "Dio, che nell'alma infondere" (pg 79)
#5: "Gia nelle note densa" (pg 81)
#6: "Da quell di che t'incontrai" (pg 114)
#7: Final orchestral moment in Act I of "Otello" (pg 127)
Songs on pgs 28/9, pg 115, and pg 43 are all to be performed a capella. 

Videos
  • Meet The Playwright: Ken Ludwig

  • 2011 Broadway Production Highlights

  • Papermill Playhouse Highlights

Author
Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig

KEN LUDWIG has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington Post called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards (England’s ... view full profile

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Reviews
Chris Armbrister 7/7/2016 8:34 PM
As always Ken Ludwig knocks it our of the park with this farcical hit.
Jim Mallmann 4/22/2016 11:05 AM
LEND ME A TENOR is Ken Ludwig's masterpiece.

Community theatres will likely be performing this show for many more years to come.
Frank Boston 4/6/2016 7:58 AM

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