Judy Blazer, John Treacy Egan, Donna English, Jill Paice Star in Paper Mill Lend Me a Tenor, Opening Feb. 17
By Andrew Gans
The Paper Mill Playhouse production of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor, which began previews at the New Jersey venue Feb. 13, officially opens Feb. 17 at 7 PM. Performances continue through March 10.
Directed by Don Stephenson, the door-slamming comedy features Judy Blazer (Maria), John Treacy Egan (Tito), Donna English (Diana), Nancy Johnston (Julia), David Josefsberg (Max), Michael Kostroff (Saunders), Jill Paice (Maggie) and Mark Price (Bellhop).
Nominated for nine Tony Awards, winner of three Drama Desk Awards and the Olivier Award for Best Comedy of the Year, Lend Me a Tenor is described as such: "The renowned tenor 'Il Stupendo' is scheduled to sing the lead in the opera Otello. Chaos ensues when his wife mistakenly leaves him a 'Dear John' letter and the distraught singer is accidentally given a double dose of tranquilizers. What follows is a laugh-out-loud chain reaction of mistaken identity, farcical plot twists, double entendres, and musical mayhem."
The production also features scenic design by John Lee Beatty, lighting design by Stephen Terry, sound design by Matt Kraus and hair design by Cookie Jordan. The music coordinator is Tom Helm, and production stage manager is Gary Mickelson.
Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, NJ, or online at papermill.org.
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