Story: It’s 1934 in Cleveland Ohio, and the night of a make-or-break gala fund-raiser, starring “II Stupendo” - the world famous tenor, Tito Merelli - making his USA debut in Verdi’s “Otello”. Unfortunately, even before the star leaves his hotel room, everything begins to fall apart. Merelli's justifiably jealous wife, mistakes Maggie, the manager’s daughter for a secret lover, and then finds Diana Divane, the Company’s Desdemona, demonstrating her operatic gifts in Merelli’s hotel room. Off storms Maria Merelli in high Italian dudgeon. A distraught Merelli accidentally takes an overdose of tranquilizers to calm him and passes out. Henry Saunders, the Opera House manager, is determined that the show will go on (for his own financial sake), so he asks his
nerdy assistant, Max, secretly a wannabe singer, to black up and pretend to be Merelli. (Blacked -up, no one will know the difference!) Max succeeds very well indeed, until the real Merelli, also blacked-up, wakes up and heads for the stage. What follows is a chain-reaction of mistaken identity, and farcical adventures coming and going through many doors.
1 Lend Me a Tenor peut-être considéré comme un Flop musical
Lend Me A Tenor was presented in May 2006 as a staged reading as part of the Utah Shakespearean Festival's New American Playwright Project, in Cedar City, Utah, followed by rewrites and a production as part of USF's Summer 2007 repertory season, which received rave reviews.
The show had an out of town tryout at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth running from 24 September to 6 October 2010, directed by Ian Talbot and choreographed by Randy Skinner. The show began previews in London's West End at the Gielgud Theatre, the same venue where the original play premièred in 1986 on 2 June 2011 before officially opening on 15 June 2011. The show closed on 6th August 2011, with producers Martin Platt and David Elliott stating that "despite mostly wonderful notices from the press, great feedback from our audiences and nightly standing ovations, this has not translated into growing sales and we feel it is in everyone's best interests to close the production on August 6th.”
Overture — Orchestra
"Verdi's Otello/I/1" — Ensemble
"Where the Hell is Merelli?" — Saunders, Max & Ensemble
"Fling" — Maggie & Max
"Where the Hell is Merelli?" (Reprise) — The Opera Guild Ladies
"How 'Bout Me?" — Max & Saunders
"For the Love of Opera" — Ensemble
"Facciamo L'Amor" — Tito & Maria
"The Last Time" — Maria
"Be Yourself" — Tito & Max
"Before You Know It" — Max
"How 'Bout Me?" — Saunders & Max
Act I Finale — Saunders, Max & Ensemble
Entr'acte — Orchestra
"Il Stupendo" — Ensemble
"Lend Me a Tenor" — Maggie & Max
"May I Have a Moment?" — Diana & Tito
"Il Stupendo" (Reprise) — Maggie, Max, Diana & Saunders
"Il Stupendo" (Reprise) — The Opera Guild Ladies, Tito & Ensemble
"Knowing What I Know" — Max
"The Last Time" (Reprise) — Maria
Finale — Company
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Lend Me a Tenor (2010-04-Music Box Theatre-London)Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Music Box Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 4 mois 1 semaine Nombre : 25 previews - 153 représentationsPremière Preview : vendredi 12 mars 2010Première : dimanche 04 avril 2010Dernière : dimanche 15 août 2010Mise en scène : Stanley Tucci • Chorégraphie : Producteur :
Lend Me a Tenor (2010-09-Theatre Royal-Plymouth)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Theatre Royal (Plymouth - Angleterre) Durée : 1 semaine Nombre : Première Preview : vendredi 24 septembre 2010Première : vendredi 24 septembre 2010Dernière : mercredi 06 octobre 2010Mise en scène : Ian Talbot • Chorégraphie : Randy Skinner • Producteur : Avec : Henry Saunders ... Matthew Kelly / Max ... Damian Humbley / Tito Merelli ... Michael Matus / Maria ... Sally Ann Triplett / Maggie ... Kelly Chinery / Diana Divane ... Sophie-Louise Dann / Anna ... Shirley Jameson, Jane Quinn, CJ Johnson
Lend Me a Tenor (2011-06-Gielgud Theatre-London)Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Gielgud Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : jeudi 02 juin 2011Première : mercredi 15 juin 2011Dernière : samedi 06 août 2011Mise en scène : Ian Talbot • Chorégraphie : Randy Skinner • Producteur : Avec : Matthew Kelly (Henry Saunders), Joanna Riding (Maria Marelli), Damian Humbley (Max), Michael Matus (Tito Merelli), Sophie-Louise Dann (Diana Divane), Cassidy Janson (Maggie Saunders), Gay Soper, Jane Quinn , Michelle Bishop will star as the 'Ladies of the Opera Guild', Jemma Alexander, Karen Aspinall, Natasha J. Barnes, Nick Butcher, Kelly Chinery, Sharon Eckman, Daniel Farrow, Andrew Keelan, Kara Lane, Connor McAllister, Haydn Oakley, Stephen Oliver-Webb, Ryan Pidgen, Jeremy Secomb, Emma Sewell, John Stacey, Robert Traynor, Michelle White.Commentaires : The show originally had a try-out at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on September 24th 2010, and was re-worked for a West End production, previewing from June 2nd. It received very mixed notices (though the producers claimed they were “mostly wonderful”) with several critics pointing out that a musical farce is hard to achieve: farce requires break-neck action, while the songs and dances tend to slow things down. For some, the songs were too bland, and Ken Ludwig’s original hugely successful play had gained nothing by being turned into a musical. For others, it was a good-hearted show that had the audiences roaring with laughter.
However, business dropped, and although bookings were being taken until November 19th, the producers decided to cut their losses and close the production on August 6th.Presse : "It’s all passably entertaining – if you’re prepared to accept this light-hearted and sometimes laboured mix of high art, high jinks and hokum for the fluff and nonsense it is. The songs – with flip, throwaway lines – are barely memorable, the dance sequences fine but infrequent and emotions are brought to the boil with all the sophistication of four-minute pasta."
Dominic Cavendish for The Daily Telegraph
"It gets by on period charm and one dazzling knockout number."
Michael Billington for The Guardian
"Polished but instantly forgettable musical...It skips along breezily without a single memorable tune or unforced rhyme."
Nick Curtis for The Evening Standard
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