Broadway Actors Populate World Premiere of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor Follow-Up, Opening Tonight | Playbill

News Broadway Actors Populate World Premiere of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor Follow-Up, Opening Tonight The Cleveland Play House's world premiere of Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors, which features several characters from his Tony-winning Lend Me a Tenor, officially opens Sept. 12 at 6 PM following previews that began Sept. 5.

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Directed by Stephen Wadsworth, and co-produced with McCarter Theatre Center, performances are scheduled through Oct. 3 in the Allen Theatre.

The cast includes Ron Orbach (Saunders), Antoinette Lavecchia (Maria), Bradley Dean (Tito/Beppo), Kristen Martin (Mimi), Bobby Conte Thornton (Carlo Nucci), Rob McClure (Max) and Lisa Brescia (Tatiana Racón).

"Amidst the glitz and glamour of 1930’s Paris, producer–and former mayor of Cleveland–Henry Saunders is attempting to stage the concert of the century with three of the world’s greatest opera sensations on the bill," according to press notes. "Straightaway, Saunders hits a snag when Italian superstar and notorious male diva, Tito Merelli, threatens to quit the show after finding his wife, the hot-blooded Maria, in the arms of another man. But as in any good comedy, things aren’t always what they seem. Reluctantly thrust into the action, Saunders’ ex-assistant Max tries to navigate the situation as Tito and Maria’s passionate and fiery relationship begins to cause chaos on an operatic level. As opening night draws near, flaring tempers, mistaken identities, and bedroom hijinks bring new meaning to the phrase 'the show must go on.'"

The production also has scenic design by Charlie Corcoran, lighting design by David Lander, costume design by William Ivey Long and sound design by Joshua Horvath.

Jennifer Matheson Collins is the stage manager, and the assistant stage manager is Tom Humes.

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