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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.

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1 Lend Me a Tenor peut-être considéré comme un Flop musical


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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.”



Liste des chansons

Act I
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

Act II
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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