Justin Bartha Will Join Broadway's Lend Me a Tenor

News   Justin Bartha Will Join Broadway's Lend Me a Tenor
Producers of the new Broadway production of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor confirmed Jan. 5 that Justin Bartha, known for Hollywood's "The Hangover" and the "National Treasure" films, will join the company, which will begin previews on March 11 at the Music Box Theatre. Opening is April 4.
Justin Bartha
Justin Bartha

He joins Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub, Brooke Adams, Mary Catherine Garrison, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jay Klaitz and Jan Maxwell. Stanley Tucci directs.

Bartha will make his Broadway debut in the role of Max, who does some quick thinking to help an opera impresario in Ludwig's farce. Bartha studied at New York University. His upcoming films include "The Rebound" and "Holy Rollers."

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

According to production notes, "Set in the 1930s, Lend Me a Tenor 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."

The revival's creative team includes John Lee Beatty (set designer), Martin Pakledinaz (costume design), Kenneth Posner (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design) and David Loud (musical supervisor). Lend Me a Tenor premiered on Broadway in 1989 and received seven Tony Award nominations, winning two. It was also honored with four Drama Desk Awards. Prior to Broadway, Lend Me a Tenor played London's West End where it received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy. The play has been translated into 16 languages and produced in more than 25 countries.

Tickets are available through Telecharge.com and at (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.lendmeatenorbroadway.com.

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