First Posted: 10/22/2014
The Misericordia Players will present the award-winning farce, “Lend Me a Tenor,” by Ken Ludwig at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13-15 in the Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.
“Lend Me a Tenor” was a huge hit when it premiered in London’s West End in 1986. It opened on Broadway in 1989, garnering Tony awards for Best Actor (Philip Bosco) and Best Director (Jerry Zaks), four Drama Desk and three Outer Critics Circle Awards. It closed after 476 performances. A Broadway revival brought it back to the New York City stage in 2010.
The play centers on the opening of the opera, “Otello” in Cleveland in the 1930s where confusion, mistaken identity, innuendo and slapstick comedy reign both on-stage and behind the scenes. It is considered one of the funniest farces to appear on Broadway, and has been hailed by critics worldwide as “uproarious, hysterical and screamingly funny!”
Jeffrey Kelly, of Dallas, is the director. He is being assisted by Christine Zopf, of Northampton, stage manager; Matt Levine, of Carbondale, assistant stage manager; Patrick McKamy, of Kingston Township, lighting and sound manager, and Harry Blaine McKeown, Plymouth, set designer. Audrey Ide, of Dallas, is serving as costumer.
The cast features Misericordia University students Jacob Schweiger, Barton, N.Y., as Max; Mason Moher, Clarks Green, as Saunders; Bryson Cahill, Spring City, as Tito; Brenden Walker, Waverly, N.Y., as Bell Hop; Meghan DiGerolamo, Budd Lake, N.J., as Maggie; Amy Koch, Reading, as Julia; Jessica Pachuski, Kulpmont, as Diana; and Maria Weidemoyer, Perkiomenville, as Maria.
Tickets are available at the door for $5 with student ID. It is $3 for senior citizens. For more information,call the Misericordia University Cultural Events Box Office at 570-674-6768.