Lend Me a Tenor
Directed by Kate McShane
Shannondell Performing Arts Theater
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The Cleveland Grand Opera Company is primed to welcome world-famous singer Tito Merelli, known as Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as the star of the opera. Tito arrives late, and through a hilarious series of mishaps, he is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. He is believed dead and, in a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, the general manager persuades his assistant to get into Merelli's costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Madness ensues when Merelli regains consciousness and gets into the identical costume, ready to perform. Now two opera singers are running around in the same costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.