This night in September of 1934 is the biggest in the history of the Cleveland
Grand Opera Company world famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform Otello, his
greatest role, at the gala season opener. Saunders, the General Manager, hopes
this will put Cleveland on the operatic map. Morelli is late; when he finally
sweeps in it is too late to rehearse with the company. Through a hilarious
series of mishaps, Il Stupendo is given a double dose of tranquilizers which
mix with the booze he has consumed and he passes out. His pulse is so low that
Saunders and his assistant Max believe he is dead. What to do? Max is an
aspiring singer and Saunders persuades him to get into Morelli's Otello costume
and try to fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds
admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume. Now two Otellos
are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each
thinking she is with Il Stupendo! A sensation on Broadway and in London's West
End, Lend Me a Tenor is guaranteed to leave your audiences teary eyed with laughter.
"A jolly play." N.Y. Times.
"Non stop laughter." Variety.
"Uproarious! Hysterical!" USA Today.
"A rib tickling comedy." N.Y. Post.
"Screamingly funny!" CBS Radio.
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