Sunday, September 25, 2011
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Lend Me a Tenor
It’s 1934 and the world’s greatest tenor is scheduled to open the Cleveland Grand Opera Company’s 50th anniversary season as the lead in Verdi’s Otello. However, things don’t go quite as planned for El Stupendo, and especially as the opera company’s long-suffering assistant (and would be tenor) Max. Rapid exits, mistaken identity (some inadvertent, others not) and lots of opera jokes abound in today’s show.
Lend Me a Tenor opened on the West End in June and closed in August. Reviews were pretty good but it just didn’t seem to develop the kind of following the play it is based on has developed. But the play is delightful and so is the music for this incarnation.
Music: Brad Carroll
Lyrics: Peter Sham
Book: Peter Sham
Basis: 1986 play Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig
And just because, here's tenor Placido Domingo singing Grenada to finish the show! Don't miss Great Performances Monday night, when Domingo talks about his favorite roles.