Romain Frugé, who played Ethan in the original company of Broadway's The Full Monty, has been cast as Max in the Ken Ludwig farce, which begins performances at the New Jersey theatre Feb. 8, 2005. Also new to the cast are Patrick Quinn (as Tito), Peter Maloney (as Saunders) and Alix Elias (as Julia). The foursome join the previously announced Mary Testa as Maria, Alison Fraser as Diana and Garrett Long as Maggie. David Saint will direct the production, which runs at the George Street through March 6.
Lend Me a Tenor, which takes place in Cleveland's high society circa 1930s, tells of the Cleveland Opera Company and their frantic push to get their production of Otello up, after their imported Italian star "Il Stupendo" dies.
Lend Me a Tenor was produced in London by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Company, and was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Play. It opened on Broadway in March 1989 staring Victor Garber, Philip Bosco and Tovah Feldshuh and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Play. In addition to winning two Tony Awards, it received four Drama Desk Awards, and three Outer Critics Circle Awards. It has had a rich international life in stock, regional and amateur theatres.
In addition to The Full Monty, Romain Frugé has also been seen on Broadway in Titanic, Tommy, The Secret Garden and Big River. His other theatrical credits include The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill, Floyd Collins, The Boy Next Door, Falsettoland, Baby, Big River and The Secret Garden.
The George Street Playhouse is located in New Jersey at 9 Livingston Avenue. Tickets are available by calling (732) 246-7717 or by visiting www.georgestplayhouse.org.