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Justin Bartha Confirmed for Broadway’s LEND ME A TENOR


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Producers of Ken Ludwig’s LEND ME A TENOR confirmed today that Justin Bartha will join the company of the new production which begins previews on March 11 and opens on April 4 at the Music Box Office Theatre (239 W 45 St.) .  The complete cast is Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub, Justin Bartha, Brooke Adams, Mary Catherine Garrison, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jay Klaitz, and Jan Maxwell.  Stanley Tucci directs.

Justin Bartha will make his Broadway debut in the role of Max.  Since attending theatre school at NYU, Mr. Bartha has become a rising movie star.  He recently starred in last summer’s comedy hit The Hangover.  His other movie credits include Failure to Launch and the National Treasure movies opposite Nicolas Cage, among others.  Coming up is a starring turn opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones in The Rebound and Holy Rollers which will premiere in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

LEND ME A TENOR is produced by The Araca Group, Stuart Thompson, Carl Moellenberg, Rodney Rigby, Olympus Theatricals, Broadway Across America, in Association with Lisa Cartwright, Wendy Federman/Jamie deRoy.

Set in the 1930s, LEND ME A TENOR is a madcap screwball comedy that takes place when Tito Merelli, the fiery-tempered and world famous Italian superstar, arrives in Cleveland, Ohio to make his debut with the local opera and promptly goes missing.  As Saunders, the show’s presenter, conspires to cover for Tito’s absence, placate his hot-blooded wife, and distract his most passionate fans, chaos on a truly operatic level ensues.

LEND ME A TENOR’s design and creative team is John Lee Beatty (set designer), Martin Pakledinaz, (costume design), Kenneth Posner  (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design) and David Loud (musical supervisor).

LEND ME A TENOR premiered on Broadway in 1989 and received seven Tony Award nominations, winning two.  It was also honored with four Drama Desk Awards.  Prior to Broadway, LEND ME A TENOR played London’s West End where it received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy.  The play has been translated into sixteen languages and produced in more than twenty-five countries.

Tickets are available through Telecharge (212 239 6200) or at www.Telecharge.com.


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