BWW Reviews: Act II Playhouse's LEND ME A TENOR is a Spirited Theatrical Event
LEND ME A TENOR is the latest play at Act II Playhouse, and this show hits all the right notes. Ken Ludwig's LEND ME A TENOR received nine Tony nominations when it opened on Broadway in 1989, and three Tony nominations for its revival in 2010. The play is a classic farce with doors slamming, storylines getting inter-tangled, and gags. The night is an evening full of laughter and entertainment and Act II Playhouse's production of this show does not disappoint.
The storyline of LEND ME A TENOR tells the story of Max, who dreams of being a professional opera singer. Max is also the assistant to the General Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera House. Max is responsible for picking up Tito Merelli, the most renowned opera tenor, but Tito is missing. Once Tito appears, everything begins to unravel and chaos ensues. All this leads to lots of slamming doors, women in closets, mistaken identities and general misunderstandings. LEND ME A TENOR provides for a night full of hilarity and merriment.
Director Bud Martin, assembled a phenomenal cast for his production, and this production is incredible. Michael Doherty plays the role of Max. Doherty is outstanding in this role and he is energetic from the time the play begins until the end. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Opera House, is played by Tony Braithwaite. Braithwaite is hilarious in this role and brings to life the classic comedic rich man. Throughout the show, the timing of the dialogue between Doherty and Braithwaite is outstanding. Jeffrey Coon portrays Tito Merelli, the greatest living opera star. Coon presents the opera star well, and has a commanding stage presence that is passionate. Eileen Cella plays Maggie, Saunders daughter. Cella is charming in this role and depicts her character's innocence well. Tracie Higgins portrays Maria, the wife of Tito Merelli. Higgins is fiery and passionate in this role. Diana, the seductress, is played by Mariel Rosetti. She performs this role with zeal. Linda Friday elegantly plays Julia, the chairwoman of the opera house. Rounding out this cast is Howie Brown who portrays the overzealous bellhop. Brown adds additional comic relief to the show.
If you have never seen LEND ME A TENOR, do yourself a favor and go see this show. If you have seen this show, go to Act II Playhouse to see their production, this is a versatile and talented cast. The cast of this show are passionate and full of energy. LEND ME A TENOR has been extended until June 8, 2013. For tickets call the Act II Playhouse at (215)654-0200 or online at act2.org.
Photo Credit: Bill D'Agostino