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LEND ME A TENOR’s Limited Engagement To End On August 15



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Ken Ludwig’s comedy LEND ME A TENOR will conclude its limited Broadway engagement on Sunday August 15 at the end of the actors’ contracts. An extension through  Labor Day is under discussion and subject to the actors’ schedules.

LEND ME A TENOR stars Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub, Justin Bartha, Brooke Adams, Mary Catherine Garrison, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jay Klaitz, and Jan Maxwell, and is directed by Stanley Tucci. It plays at the Music Box Theatre, 239 West 45th Street.

LEND ME A TENOR has received three Tony Award nominations (Best Revival of a Play, Best Costume Design (Martin Pakledinaz) and Best Featured Actress (Jan Maxwell), four Outer Critics Circle Award nominations (Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Director of a Play (Stanley Tucci), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play. and Outstanding Costume Design (Martin Pakledinaz).  It received three Drama League Award nominations as well: Distinguished Revival of a Play and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Jan Maxwell and Tony Shalhoub).

Ms. Maxwell has already won the Outer Critics Circle Award.  She is one of four actors in Tony Award history to receive two nominations in one year.

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 16 languages and produced in more than 25 countries.

LEND ME A TENOR opened on April 4 to rave reviews including:

David Cote, TIME OUT NEW YORK: “Let me spell it out: Lend Me a Tenor is the most howlingly funny and ingeniously staged laugh machine to hit Broadway in years. 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.”

Tanner Stransky, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: A side-splitting, limber, and fast-moving comedy…much of it is extremely physical in the best way.  A great deal of credit goes to Stanley Tucci for delightful flourishes and genius moves in his Broadway directing debut.  The rest of the credit goes to the cast; all involved are great.”

Elisabeth Vincentelli, NEW YORK POST: “It’s often said that a good comedy must be like a well-oiled machine.  Actor-turned-director Stanly Tucci must have had a can of WD-40 handy…the slapstick is virtually non-stop.  Cheap stuff? Yes, and it’s wonderful.”

Pat Collins, WWOR TV: The laugh out loud, side splitting comedy you’ve been waiting for..or I may say Broadway has been waiting for..or I may say..we need now more than ever. Non-stop laughs and unbridled zaniness from a wonderful cast with better timing than a Swiss watch.”

Matt Windman, AM NEW YORK: “Stanley Tucci has not reinterpreted the popular comedy so much as meticulously re-built it as a crowd pleasing farce.”

Michael Kuchwara, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: “The frantic foolishness has not diminished; what gives this production an unexpected boost is something not usually found in a farce—heart.”

Frank Scheck, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: “Stanley Tucci’s expert staging of a terrific cast makes this unremarkable screwball farce come to comic life. There’s no denying that Stanley Tucci has staged the hell out of it. Under Tucci’s razor-sharp direction, the actors seem to be having an absolute ball.”

David Richardson, WOR RADIO: “You will laugh so hard you might seriously have a heart attack and that might happen about half way through the first act. I was still laughing when I got home and all I can say is that if laughing is important to you, you simply must kill to get tickets for Lend Me a Tenor which is about the funniest play I’ve seen since I’ve been reviewing shows.”

Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY: “Never underestimate the value of watching talented people make fools of themselves.”

John Simon, BLOOMBERG.COM: “Tucci’s perfervid direction should keep this “Tenor” navigating the high seas of farce for a resounding run.”

David Finkle, THEATREMANIA.Com: “The major joy of this production, however, is watching this polished cast show what kind of all out farceurs they can be–audiences will be rolling in the aisles, or at least rollicking in their seats.”

Lindsa Winer, NEWSDAY: “Tucci’s ensemble nails just about every hyper-physical take in the comedy archives.”

Joan Hamburg, WOR RADIO: “This show is going to make audiences so happy. It’s a fantasy land–a great opportunity to laugh and let yourself go…This is a funny crazy ride.”

Jesse Oxfeld, NEW YORK OBSERVER: “It’s not every day you see audience members literally throwing their heads back and guffawing, as they did, frequently, at the performance I attended.

Michael Feingold, THE VILLAGE VOICE: “Visual in the classic way of traditional farce, Lend Me a Tenor requires no review, only laughter.”

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.

It 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.

LEND ME A TENOR’s 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.

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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