Ken Ludwig’s hilarious play, Lend Me a Tenor, will open Wednesday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the theater at SIUE’s Dunham Hall Theater next to parking Lot E. The production continues at 7:30 pm Thursday, June 23, through Saturday, June 25, and also at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26. It’s a comedy for the entire family. The show is part of SIUE’s long-running Summer ShowBiz, a summer theater series that features musicals and light-hearted comedies produced by the SIUE Department of Theater and Dance, which is part of the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences.
The plot of Lend Me a Tenor revolves around world famous Tito Morelli, also known as II Stupendo, who is scheduled to perform at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. II Stupendo unfortunately arrives late and, due to a series of circumstances, is given a double dose of tranquilizers. In a desperate attempt to save the company’s reputation, the general manager convinces his assistant to dress as Morelli and perform Otello. As they say—comedy ensues.
Originally staged at the American Stage Festival in New Hampshire, the play moved to London’s West End in 1986. Three years later it appeared on Broadway and received seven Tony Award nominations (Philip Bosco won for Best Actor in a Play) and four Drama Desk Awards.
Tickets for the SIUE production are $15 for adults (18 and older); all others, $12, including students with valid school IDs, and are available through the SIUE Fine Arts box office, (618) 650-2774, located in Room 1042B, Dunham Hall. More information is available on the website: www.siue.edu/summerarts.
Summer ShowBiz also has grown to include Xfest, a four day festival of experimental theater groups from around the country, and the Cougar Theater Company, the newly formed theater for young audiences dedicated to the youth of the region that presents classic folklore, literature, poetry and stories.