Sierra Stages presents Ken Ludwig’s ‘Lend me a Tenor’ |

Sierra Stages presents Ken Ludwig’s ‘Lend me a Tenor’

Sierra Stages is presenting its first non-musical production, Ken Ludwig’s hilarious comedy, “Lend Me a Tenor,” for four weekends only, tonight through Oct. 2 at the Off Center Stage in downtown Grass Valley.

This production of “Lend Me a Tenor” is directed by longtime Nevada County actor and director, Diane Fetterly. The cast includes Frances Boero, Dylan Hoy-Bianchi, Marion Jeffrey, Robert Meyer, Matt Rodgers, Robert Rossman, Merilee Thompson, and Harriet Totten.

Set in 1934, “Lend Me a Tenor” revolves around the renowned opera star, Tito Merelli, who is scheduled to sing the lead in a gala fundraiser for the Cleveland Opera Company. The local impresario and his nervous assistant are panicked because it looks as if the opera star will not be able to perform.

Meanwhile, the impresario’s daughter, the soprano in the local company, and the chairwoman of the opera guild are all on hand and madly in love with the tenor, as is his jealous, temperamental wife. Before the star is able to leave his hotel room and perform, everything begins to unravel, and chaos ensues in a chain-reaction of mistaken identity, plot twists, double entendres and innuendoes.

Winner of three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards, “Lend Me a Tenor” was originally presented on Broadway in 1989 and enjoyed an acclaimed revival on Broadway earlier this year. Time Out Magazine described the show as “A furiously paced comedy with more than a touch of the Marx brothers … A marvelous combination of wonderful farcical moments and funny lines.”

Sierra Stages is in the middle of its second season, having presented the musical “Into the Woods” at The Center for the Arts this spring and the musical “Babes in Arms” at the Nevada Theatre this summer.

Both shows were enthusiastically received by audiences.

Immediately following the run of “Lend Me A Tenor” Sierra Stages will present the Rodgers & Hammerstein revue “A Grand Night For Singing” from Oct. 21 through Nov. 13 at the Off Center Stage.

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