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LEND ME A TENOR Opens to Rave Reviews on Broadway




Director Stanley Tucci’s production of Ken Ludwig’s sparkling comedy LEND ME A TENOR opened on Sunday at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street).  The stellar cast is led by Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub, and Justin Bartha. The company is completed  by Brooke Adams, Mary Catherine Garrison, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jay Klaitz, and Jan Maxwell. The critics raved:

Time Out New York: “Big laughs.  The most howlingly funny and ingeniously staged laugh machine to hit Broadway in years.  Stanley Tucci makes a slam-bang Broadway directing debut…and has inspired a cast of comic equals to harmonize the insanity, land the gags and top each other.  Ludwig’s screwball door-slammer is structurally perfect. There’s no point in telling you how superbly fun this all is: Go now, and don’t wait for the fat lady to sing.”

Associated Press: The show is directed at a jet-propelled pace by Stanley Tucci…What gives this production an unexpected boost is something not usually found in a farce – heart.”

Variety: “Stanley Tucci and a contingent of Broadway and Hollywood stars toplined by Tony Shalhoub and Anthony LaPaglia are giving a new generation reason to roar.”

New York Post: “The show is exactly what it needs to be: hilarious.”

New York Daily News: “Speed, finesse and keen comic shops are key ingredients to any farce.  They’re in ample supply in Stanley Tucci’s antic revival.”

Newsday: “A delight…whistle-stop pacing.”

Hollywood Reporter: Stanley Tucci has “staged the hell out of it…expert staging and terrific cast.”

WWOR TV, Pat Collins: “The laugh out loud, side splitting comedy you’ve been waiting for.  Nonstop laughs and unbridled zaniness from a wonderful cast with better timing than a Swiss watch. A big hilarious hit from Stanley Tucci and Ken Ludwig.”

Bloomberg.com: “A deft cast under the direction of that expert comedian, Stanley Tucci.”

NJnewsroom.com: “It’s time for a new generation to laugh themselves silly over Ken Ludwig’s comedy…Stanley Tucci keeps the tempo brisk, the dialogue crisp and the actors fast on their toes.”

WOR Radio/Joan Hamburg: “A funny, crazy ride.”

WOR Radio/David Richardson: “You will laugh so hard to might seriously have a heart attack. .. A cast to die for…Tony Shalhoub gives what I say will be a Tony winning performance.  I cannot even describe how funny this man is.  I was still laughing when I got home.  Lend Me A Tenor is about the funniest play I’ve seen since I’ve been reviewing shows.”

Hollywood Reporter: “The actors seem to be having an absolute ball.  Shalhoub and LaPaglia deliver full-throttle comic performances.  Shalhoub is endlessly uproarious.  LaPaglia reveals a previously unseen gift for over-the-top wackiness.  Bartha is equally terrific.”

Newsday: Anthony LaPaglia “makes a spectacular leap against type.”

Bloomberg.com: “Shalhoub couldn’t be more comical.”

New York Post: “Bartha is the engine that powers this show.  He doesn’t just make his Broadway debut; he dynamites the door open.”

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.

The design and creative team is John Lee Beatty (set designer), Martin Pakledinaz, (costume design), Kenneth Posner  (lighting design), and Peter Hylenski (sound design). Patrick Vaccariello is 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, it played London’s West End where it received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy.  The play has been translated into 16 languages and produced in more than 25 countries.

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/Richard Winkler, Spring Sirkin, Scott and Brian Zeilinger.

It plays the following schedule: Tue at 7, Wed-Sat at 8, Wed & Sat at 2, Sun at 3. Ticket Prices: $121.50 and $86.50 at all performances except Saturday at 8 PM when they are $126.50 and $86.50.   All prices include a $1.50 facility fee. Tickets are available through Telecharge (212 239 6200) or at www.Telecharge.com.


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