What happens when a world-famous tenor shows up late for a performance at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company? Just about everything!
Ken Ludwig’s farcical comedy, Lend Me a Tenor, now in its 25th year, is playing at the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre on the city’s northwest side now through February 2, 2014.
The story takes place in 1934, when world-famous tenor Tito Morelli, though a series of mishaps, is given tranquilizers after arriving late for a performance in which he was supposed to play Otello. With a weak pulse, he is believed to be dead by the opera company’s general manager, Saunders, and his assistant, Max.
The real fun begins when, desperate for the show to go on, Saunders decides to dress Max as Otello with the hope the audience doesn’t notice. If only it were that easy!
Problem is, Tito Morelli has awaken backstage and decided to put on one of his other costumes. So now instead of just one Otello, there are two, both being chased by women in lingerie who each think they’re with Tito Morelli!
Beef & Boards veteran Eddie Curry plays the roles of Saunders, while David Schmittou, who most recently played the Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music, plays Max. Craig Underwood, who made his Beef & Boards debut in A Christmas Carol, plays Tito Merelli. Jeff Stockberger, another Beef & Boards regular, plays the role of the bellhop.
Lend Me a Tenor has won several awards, including a Tony award for Best Direction of a Play, and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Outstanding Director of a Play and Outstanding Costume Design. It has received rave reviews by such publications as USA Today and New York Times.
- What: Lend Me A Tenor
- When: Now through February 2, 2014
- Where: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268