LEND ME A TENOR
Produced by Special Arrangement with Origin Theatrical Australia
Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Anthony Brown
Lend Me a Tenor is a comedy by Ken Ludwig. The play was produced on both the West End and Broadway. It received nine Tony Award nominations and won for Best Actor and Best Director. A Broadway revival opened in 2010. Lend Me a Tenor has been translated into sixteen languages and produced in twenty-five countries. Me A Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Merelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Merelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Merelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in 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.
Male, 26-35 years.
Assistant to the General Manager of the Cleveland Opera.
Max has a talent for being underfoot, under-appreciated, and under ambitious; his voice and
ability is much bigger than even he realizes. 30-ish. If George Costanza and Woody Allen became as one, Max would be born. A ner-do-well nerd who dearly loves Maggie, dearly loves opera, and desperately longs for courage. He works under Saunders, literally.
Female, 21-30 years.
Maggie loves Max’s sweet ways, but has her eyes set on the stars - one star in particular, the world-famous tenor, Tito Morelli. 20-something. She's the vapid daughter of the opera company manager, Saunders, and so she's a bit spoiled. "Tito Merelli is heaven, Max, and I want to go to heaven."
Male, 50–65 years.
Maggie's father, General Manager of the Cleveland Opera Company Saunders is a general blow-hard. 50-ish. Imagine Dr. Frasier Crane as the head of an opera company. Now imagine that Lucciano Pavarotti has agreed to appear there for a benefit performance. Now imagine that everything, but everything goes wrong.
Female, 45+ years.
Maria is a fiery tempered Italian wife who loves Tito, hates travel, really hates other women flirting with her man, and is ready to say "arrevederci" if Tito messes up one more time... 39-ish. A moody, hot-blooded, hot-tempered Italian who's a little bit like Sophia Loren. She's a jealous, territorial animal. Grrr...
Male, 18–25 years.
Overly energetic employee of the hotel.
The bellhop is an opera fan, eager to please. 20-something. Mr. No-Name is Mr. Wiseguy, also known as the eyes, the ears, and the mouth of the hotel! One thing this bellhop is, is in love with Tito. Needs to be played very camp.
Female, 30+ years.
A soprano (although we don’t hear her sing) Diana has huge ambitions and an appetite for tenors. Ageless. Boop-boop be-doop! What, me dumb? (Dumb like a fox! Now call my publicity agent and turn this into a story!) Tee-hee!
Female, 50+ years.
Chairman of the Opera guild Julia is an elegant older woman who wants only the best for Cleveland and the Opera company she loves. 50-60's. When the Marx Brothers cast Margaret Dumont as the society matron foil, they didn't break the mould. Enter Julia. She's the president of the Opera Gu-hild!
June 1st & 8th 2019 two shows every Saturday at 2pm and 7pm
and will be staged at John Lees Centre,15 Evan Street, Penrith.
Saturday, 9th February
at John Lees Centre, Level 1, 15 Evan Street, Penrith
(by appointment only).
Applicants should note that reading the play prior to their audition would be highly advantageous.
An audition piece will be given to every auditionee.
It is expected that the auditionee will learn the lines of the audition piece and
present it on an agreed date with the director.
We are looking for high standard of performance for each of the roles.
A rehearsal schedule is prepared and will be given on first response to any enquiries made by an auditionee.
It is a clever idea to come to auditions in character, dress/shoes/hair,
anything that you feel is appropriate for the role you are seeking.
An audition piece will be sent out from Anthony once an audition time slot has been sorted.
To book your audition or to request information,
please email Anthony at: firstname.lastname@example.org