Lend Me A Tenor

$20-adults; $18-seniors/students

It’s a big night for the Cleveland Grand Opera: famous tenor Tito Merelli is to perform Otello. But Tito accidentally takes a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. Saunders, the harried Impressario, assumes Tito dead and convinces his assistant, Max, to go on as Otello. The plan is working until Tito revives and dons another Otello costume.  Mistaken identities abound as the plot spins wildly out of control, with two identical Otellos variously pursued by two women, each determined to seduce the famous tenor.


Max – Stephen D. Belfatti
Saunders – Anthony Rossi
Maggie – Jennifer Nasta Zefutie
Tito Merelli – Patrick Andrae
Maria – Teresa Von den Steinen
Julia – Elena Marie Chalcraft
Diana – Jen Hanselman
Bellhop – Mark Kalet


KEN LUDWIG has had six shows on Broadway and six in the West End, and he has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, three Tony Award nominations, two Helen Hayes Awards and the Edgar Award. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been performed in thirty countries in over twenty languages. Broadway and West End shows include Crazy For You; Lend Me A Tenor; Moon Over Buffalo; Twentieth Century; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Treasure Island. Other major plays include Shakespeare in Hollywood; Leading Ladies; Be My Baby; The Beaux’ Stratagem, an adaptation with Thornton Wilder at the request of the Wilder Estate; The Three Musketeers; The Fox on the Fairway; ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas; Midsummer/Jersey, The Game’s Afoot, and The Hound of the Baskervilles. His book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, will be published in 2012 by Crown Publishing. He studied music at Harvard with Leonard Bernstein and theatre history at Cambridge University in England. For more information, please visit www.kenludwig.com