Running since March 2010Tony Shaloub (the Emmy-winning star of "Monk") and Justin Bartha (the befuddled bridegroom from "The Hangover") star in a revival of Ken Ludwig's Tony-nominated farce.
Closes August 15th.The Broadway production of Lend Me a Tenor closed August 15, 2010. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
The screwball comedy begins when superstar tenor Tito Merelli (Tony-winner Anthony LaPaglia) and his temperamental wife (Tony-nominee Jan Maxwell) arrive in Cleveland, where the singer is scheduled to make his debut with the local opera. When Tito goes AWOL, the opera's General Manager (Shaloub) and his nerdy assistant (Bartha) conspire to cover his absence, and chaos on a truly operatic level ensues.
Broadway critics were mostly enthusiastic about this production, but slightly less so about Ken Ludwig's play. The Daily News may have summarized it best, saying "speed, finesse and keen comic chops" are "all in ample supply" in this "antic revival" despite the fact that the "play is a yoyo yukfest" with "lots of laughs and lots of lulls."
The play was directed by Stanley Tucci. Best known as an actor, Tucci starred with Meryl Streep in both "Julie & Julia" and "The Devil Wears Prada." He also starred with Shaloub in the charming 1996 film "Big Night."