Tucci to Direct LaPaglia, Shalhoub, Maxwell and More in Lend Me a Tenor Broadway Revival

By Adam Hetrick
17 Dec 2009

Tony Shalhoub
Tony Shalhoub
Photo by Gavin Bond

Tony nominee Stanley Tucci will direct Anthony LaPaglia and Tony Shalhoub in the Broadway revival of Ken Ludwig's backstage comedy Lend Me a Tenor, which will begin previews March 11, 2010, at the Music Box Theatre.

Tucci makes his Broadway directorial debut with Ludwig's Tony-nominated 1989 play. Opening will be April 4, 2010; tickets go on sale to the general public Dec. 28.

The cast is led by Tony winner LaPaglia (A View from the Bridge, The Rose Tattoo) as opera singer Tito Merelli and Golden Globe winner Shalhoub ("Monk," Conversations With My Father) as producer Sanders.

Tenor will also feature two-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell (The Royal Family, Coram Boy) as Maria, Mary Catherine Garrison (Assassins, Rabbit Hole) as Maggie, Tony nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson (Urinetown, Wicked) as Diana, Jay Klaitz (High Fidelity) as the Bellhop and Brooke Adams (The Heidi Chronicles, "Monk") as Julia.

The 1930's set play "is a madcap screwball comedy that takes place when Tito Merelli, the fiery-tempered and world famous Italian superstar, arrives in Cleveland, Ohio to make his debut with the local opera and promptly goes missing. As Saunders, the show's presenter, conspires to cover for Tito’s absence, placate his hot-blooded wife, and distract his most passionate fans, chaos on a truly operatic level ensues," press notes state.

The Broadway revival is produced by The Araca Group, Stuart Thompson, Carl Moellenberg, Rodney Rigby, Olympus Theatricals, Broadway Across America, in Association with Lisa Cartwright and Wendy Federman/Jamie deRoy.

Director Stanley Tucci earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune. His stage appearances include The Queen and the Rebels, The Misanthrope, Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Iceman Cometh. On screen Tucci can be seen in "Julie & Julia," "The Lovely Bones," "The Devil Wears Prada," as well as "Big Night" and "Blind Date," both of which he co-wrote and directed.

For tickets phone (212) 239-6200, or visit Telecharge. The Music Box Theatre is located at 239 West 45th Street.