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BWW Review: LEND ME A TENOR at The Palace Theater


BWW Review: LEND ME A TENOR at The Palace Theater After a delicious meal at The Palace Theater, prepare to be transported to a different time and space

The time, 1937, the place, Cleveland Ohio, the place, a luxurious hotel suite.

The Cleveland Opera has fallen on hard times and the only person who can saver it is Tito Merelli, or El Stupendo as he is known. Tito (Magnificently portrayed by Jamie Michael Parnell) has been hired to perform as the lead I Giuseppe Verdi's opera, Otello. The issue initially is that Tito has failed to arrive at the allotted time, sending the General manager of the opera into a panic.

Henry Saunders (Wonderfully played by Trent Loggins) calls for his trusty assistant Max (The fantastic Maxton Smith) to discuss their options. Max is an operatic wannabe, who is the sometimes boyfriend to Henry's daughter Maggie (Brilliantly played by Kaitlyn Serketich). Max offers to step in for the virtuoso.

As luck would have it, Tito arrives with his beautiful, passionate wife Maria (perfectly played by Maria Reed) in time to save the day. This works out to everyone's favor as Henry was very unwilling to let Max perform. We soon find out that Maggie, along with the show's operas diva, Diana Divane (The amazing Elya Faye Bottiger) has some romantic interest in the Maestro.

As trouble and hilarity ensue, it may be up to Max to save the opera and his love for Maria.

The show is a raucous good time, with a fantastic ensemble including BROADWAY WORLD AWARD winning Josh Hayes. The second act moves with incredible speed through issues of mistaken identity, affairs (or are they?) and illegal activities.

One of the most popular and unique aspects of seeing a show at The Palace Theater, is after the bows, the audience has a chance to meet the cast in the lobby. They are happy to pose for photos, answer questions, and just be around to speak with the patrons. Meeting the cast is just one of the many things that The Palace Theater gets right.

THE show is engaging and laugh out loud funny! Do yourself, your friends and your family a favor, go see this beautifully done, remarkable show. I promise you, it's "Il Stupendo"!

Celebrating its 5th season, the Palace Theater brings Ken Ludwig's Award Winning Comedy Farce LEND ME A TENOR THE MUSICAL to the Wisconsin

The Palace Theater is proud to present Lend Me A Tenor the Musical playing February 15 through March 24, 2019. The riotous tale of mistaken identities and unexpected romance explodes with delight in this musical comedy by Peter Sham and Brad Carroll, based on the play by Ken Ludwig. Ticket prices range between $19.95 - $64.95. Tickets are available at or (608) 253-4000. This

Palace Theater production is Directed and Choreographed by Mark Mahallak and features Musical Direction by Preston Smith. Lend Me A Tenor the Musical also features scenic design by Kyle Dixon; Prop Design by Trent Loggins; Costume Design by Robert S. Kuhn; Lighting Design by Sue Ellen Berger; Sound Design by Eric Glazewski; and Stage Management by Margaret Bystrek.

. Lend Me A Tenor the Musical was first performed at the Utah Shakespearean Festival in 2007. It moved to London with a two-week out of town tryout at the Theatre Royal in 2010. It opened on London's West End at the Gielgud Theatre in 2011 and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. The show has had numerous subsequent performances throughout Europe

Lend Me A Tenor the Musical Performance Schedule:

Wed,Thur,& Sun. 1 p.m.

Fri & Sat. 7 p.m.

Running Time: 2 hours

Tickets for Lend Me A Tenor the Musical are priced from $24.30-$64.95 (including dinner packages), with children under 12 at $19.95, Active Military, Local, and Group discounts available. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Please call 608-253-9000 for Group Sales. To reserve tickets, please call the Palace Theater Box Office at 608-253-4000 or visit for more information. 564 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy South Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 608-253-4000 | Contact: Mitch Stanek 608-253-4000 x107 | -

The Palace Theater is a state-of-the-art, theater destination, producing classic Broadway musicals, as well as bringing to life many of your favorite Disney classics and Tribute Artists. The Palace Theater will produce an annual subscription series of three to four family-friendly shows, while serving a sumptuous meal or snack. The Palace Theater is a wonderful value for the entire family and will build extraordinary memories to be cherished forever! The Palace Theater, Wisconsin Dells' newest professional theater is located at 564 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy South, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The Palace Theater is a state-of-the-art, 700-seat, regional theater destination that produces classic American musicals in a style and quality consistent with that of Broadway. The Palace Theater produces several family-friendly, classic musical revivals annually, while serving a full meal included in the ticket price. With an ideal location across the street from the Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort, the country's largest waterpark resort, the Palace Theater is likely to become a major cultural and tourism attraction for the Dells' 5 million annual visitors. The community of Wisconsin Dells is predominantly comprised of the City of Wisconsin Dells and the Village of Lake Delton. Its roots as a tourism community date back more than 150 years when the first visitors came for scenic tours of the Wisconsin River with towering sandstone cliffs hugging its shores. Today, Wisconsin Dells is widely recognized as "The Waterpark Capital of the World!®

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