The Show Must Go On: Lend Me a Tenor, with LaPaglia, Shalhoub and Bartha, Opens on Broadway

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04 Apr 2010

<i>Lend Me a Tenor</i> stars Anthony LaPaglia and Justin Bartha with Tony Shalhoub
Lend Me a Tenor stars Anthony LaPaglia and Justin Bartha with Tony Shalhoub
Photo by Joan Marcus

Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub and Justin Bartha star in the Broadway revival of Ken Ludwig's Tony-nominated, door-slamming operatic farce Lend Me a Tenor, which opens April 4 at the Music Box Theatre. Stanley Tucci directs.

Tony and Academy Award nominee Tucci is making his Broadway directorial debut with the first Broadway revival of the 1989 comedy about a production of Verdi's Otello gone awry. Previews began March 12.

Tony winner LaPaglia (A View from the Bridge, The Rose Tattoo) stars as opera singer Tito Merelli, Golden Globe winner Shalhoub ("Monk," Conversations With My Father) is producer Sanders and Bartha ("The Hangover," "National Treasure") makes his Broadway debut as the producer's assistant Max.

The cast also features 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 1930s-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, The Shubert Organization, in Association with Wendy Federman/Jamie deRoy/Richard Winkler, Lisa Cartwright, and Scott and Brian Zeilinger.

The revival's creative team includes John Lee Beatty (set designer), Martin Pakledinaz (costume design), Kenneth Posner (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design) and Patrick Vaccariello (musical supervisor).

Lend Me a Tenor premiered in London in 1986, earning an Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy. The play arrived on Broadway in 1989 and received seven Tony Award nominations including Best Play, and took honors for Best Director (Jerry Zaks) and Best Actor (Philip Bosco).

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