Lend Me A Tenor

Lend Me A Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world-famous singer Tito Merelli, known as Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as the star of the opera. Tito arrives late, and through a hilarious series of mishaps, he 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 – and in a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Merelli’s costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds and lives up to his idol, but Merelli regains consciousness and gets into the identical costume, ready to perform. Now two opera singers are running around in the same 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.

Show Dates: May 11, 12, 18, 19, 2001 at 8:00 pm & May 13, 2001 at 2:00 pm


Director: Cheryl Chewkanes

Assistant Director: Carol Robinson

Costumes: Christine Jackson

Music Coordinator: Sally Foster-Chang

Stage Manager: David Ney

Set Design: Jacqueline M. Laskin

Set Construction: Bill Burdick, Bill Gray, Bob Penrose, Pete Postiglione, and Mike White

Light Design:  Anne Rudisill, Mike White, and David Krause

Sound Board Operator: Michael Chang

Properties: Aaron Hosansky and Jacqueline M. Laskin

Makeup: Melodie Kosman

Publicity: Pat Dyer and Christine Jackson

Flyer/Poster Design: Carol Robinson

Program: Cheryl Chewkanes and John Grecia

Ticket Sales: Carol Robinson

Program Ads: Barbara Cosgrove

House Manager: Jennifer Sheckells


Max – Kevin Korowicki

Maggie – Julie Ann Marra

Saunders – Steve Arcidiacano

Tito Merelli – David Ney

Maria Merelli – Barbara Pease Weber

Bellhop – Benn Schwaid

Diana – Kathleen A. Maher

Julia – Phyllis Pomerantz


 Ben Schwaid

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