April 4, 2010
Set in the 1930s, Lend Me a Tenor is a screwball comedy about a famous, fiery-tempered Italian opera star, who is set to make his debut with a local opera in Cleveland. He arrives and promptly goes missing. As the show's presenter conspires to cover for the superstar’s absence, placate his hot-blooded wife and distract his most passionate fans, chaos on a truly operatic level ensues.
The comedy, which was originally titled Opera Buffa, was first produced at the American Stage Festival in Milford, New Hampshire, in the summer of 1985. It went on to a West End debut in March 1986, where it was produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy of the Year. Three years later, it debuted on Broadway at the Royale Theatre, where it played for 476 performances. The original production won two 1989 Tony Awards (for director Jerry Zaks and leading actor Philip Bosco) and was nominated for seven, including Best Play.
Produced by The Araca Group, Stuart Thompson, Carl Moellenberg, Rodney Rigby, Olympus Theatricals, Broadway Across America, The Shubert Organization, Wendy Federman/Jamie deRoy/Richard Winkler, Lisa Cartwright, Spring Sirkin, Scott and Brian Zeilinger
Other Honors for this Production:
—Broadway.com Audience Award nomination for Favorite Broadway Play Revival
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play
—Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Revival of a Play
One of the most produced contemporary comedies in the world, Lend Me a Tenor has been translated into 16 languages and produced in 25 countries. A musical version by Peter Sham and Brad Carroll was presented at the Utah Shakespearean Festival in 2007.