George Street's Lend Me a Tenor — with Fraser and Testa — Begins Performances Feb. 8

News   George Street's Lend Me a Tenor — with Fraser and Testa — Begins Performances Feb. 8 The George Street Playhouse's production of Lend Me a Tenor begins performances Feb. 8.

Directed by David Saint, the cast of the Ken Ludwig farce features many Broadway names, including Mary Testa as Maria, Alison Fraser as Diana, Garrett Long as Maggie, Romain Frugé as Max, Patrick Quinn as Tito, Peter Maloney as Saunders and Alix Elias as Julia. Lend Me a Tenor will play the New Jersey theatre 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 starring Victor Garber, Philip Bosco and Tovah Feldshuh and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Play. In addition to winning two Tonys, 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.

Alison Fraser received Tony nominations for her performances in Romance/Romance and The Secret Garden, and her other Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the 1996 revival of Tartuffe. She created the role of Trina in William Finn's In Trousers and March of the Falsettos and reprised that role in the anniversary concert for Playwrights Horizons. Her other Off-Broadway credits include roles in Up Against It, The Green Heart, Beehive and Swingtime Canteen. Fraser most recently starred in the George Street 's production of Lips Together, Teeth Apart.

On Broadway Mary Testa has been seen in Barnum, Marilyn, The Rink, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, On the Town, Marie Christine and 42nd Street, earning Tony nominations for her work in On the Town and 42nd Street. Recently seen Off Broadway in String of Pearls, her other theatre credits include The Vagina Monologues, The Wax, From Above (Obie Award), Lucky Stiff, In Trousers, Tartuffe and On the Town (Obie Award). 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.

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