Peninsula Players Theatre continues its 80th season July 29 – Aug. 16 when it presents Ken Ludwig’s comedy, Lend Me A Tenor. The first of Ludwig’s comedies to appear on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor was nominated for nine Tony Awards and was awarded two and is also the winner of three Drama Desk Awards and the Olivier Award for Best Comedy of the Year.
Set in 1934, legendary opera sensation Tito Merelli, “Il Stupendo,” is scheduled to sing the lead in the Cleveland Grand Opera Company’s production of Otello. Tito’s appearance is highly anticipated by Cleveland’s opera fanatics, especially ecstatic is the opera manager, Saunders, who has sold out the theater.
Panic arises when the singer accidently takes a double dose of tranquillizers and passes out before opening curtain. Comic mayhem builds to an operatic frenzy when Saunders forces his hapless assistant, Max, an aspiring singer, into Tito’s costume as Max tries to avoid an ambitious female co-star, the amorous opera guild chair and even his own girlfriend.
“Ludwig crafts comedies so beautifully,” said director Linda Fortunato. “His comedy lies in situation and in language. He creates an evening of great laughs within a really fun story.”
The cast features Sean Fortunato as the international opera superstar, Tito Merelli; Tim Monsion as the high-strung opera manager, Saunders; Max Holzfeind as his harried assistant, Max; Peggy Roeder portrays the excitable opera guild chair, Julia; Katherine Keberlein as the very determined soprano, Diana; Joe Foust as the enthusiastic bell boy who loves opera; Maggie Kettering as Tito’s green-eyed wife, Maria; and Ashley Lanyon as Max’s girlfriend, Maggie.
Peninsula Players performs Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7:30 pm, except for Aug. 16 at 4 pm. Individual tickets range from $36 to $42. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 920.868.3287 or visit peninsulaplayers.com.