EW.com says that T.R. Knight — the "Grey's Anatomy" star who will head the cast of the upcoming production of Parade at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles — will play the role of Max in the Ken Ludwig play. Victor Garber created the role of Max in the original 1989 production of Tenor. Opening on Broadway is scheduled for February 2010.
No official announcement about the production has been made.
Lend Me a Tenor, according to press notes for a recent production at the Engeman Theatre, takes place as "the Cleveland Grand Opera is celebrating the biggest night in its history. World famous tenor Tito Morelli, known to his fans as 'Il Stupendo,' is scheduled to sing the lead in Otello, produced as a gala fundraiser set to raise $50,000 for the company. Before the star gets beyond his hotel room however, things begin to unravel. Chaos sets in when a 'Dear John' letter is mistaken for a suicide note and Tito's appearance onstage seems unlikely. But for Henry Saunders, General Manager of the Cleveland Opera, 'the show must go on!' ... under any circumstance - even if it means sending a replacement onstage in disguise."
Stanley Tucci has appeared on Broadway in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Execution of Justice, The Iceman Cometh and The Misanthrope. He earned an Emmy for his work on "Monk" and won Golden Globes for his screen performances in "Conspiracy" and "Winchell."
T.R. Knight has also appeared onstage in Scattergood, the world premiere of Julia Jordan's Boy, Conor McPherson's This Lime Tree Bower and in the short-lived sitcom "Charlie Lawrence" opposite Nathan Lane. Playwright Ken Ludwig made his Broadway debut in 1989 with Lend Me a Tenor, which received a Tony nomination for Best Play. His works include Moon Over Buffalo, the book for Crazy for You, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the newly adapted Twentieth Century. Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor made its world premiere as a stage musical at the Utah Shakespearean Festival in June 2007.