Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Ken Ludwig's LEND ME A TENOR

by Ken Ludwig Running Time: 2 hours, 20 min

April 10, 2014 to
April 27, 2014

Cabot Theatre
Directed by C. Michael Wright

Featuring Alexandra Bonesho, Drew Brhel, Hannah Klapperich-Mueller, Steven M. Koehler, Linda C. Loving, Rick Pendzich, Rana Roman & Peter Sisto

A Classic Farce! Set in 1934, LEND ME A TENOR is an extremely funny behind-the-scenes look at one day in the life of the "Cleveland Grand Opera Company." When world famous Italian tenor Tito Merelli is hired to play Otello, little do these unsuspecting Ohioans realize how many things can go wrong in one brief but action-packed evening!

A collaboration with the Marquette University Theatre Department

CO-SPONSORED BY:  Donald A. Cress | George & Julie Mosher

Ken Ludwig
Diana Alexandra Bonesho
Saunders Drew Brhel
Tito Merelli
Steven M Koehler
Julia Linda C. Loving
Max Rick Pendzich

Rana Roman

Production Staff
Director C. Michael Wright
Scenic Designer Rachel Finn
Costume Designer Debra Krajec
Lighting Designer Nic Trapani
Properties Master Nikki Kulas
Sound Designer Chris Guse
Stage Manager Judy Martel
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T=Talkback: post-show Q&A with actors and director
*=Talk Theatre: pre-show interactive discussion beginning at noon
V=ViewPoints: pre-show presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Talk Theatre

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:00 PM

An opportunity to participate in informal pre-show discussions with MCT's Producing Artistic Director and other show-specific theatre artists.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:30 PM

Experience in-depth, pre-show presentations led by engaging guest experts who offer insights into show-related issues and field questions from knowledge-hungry patrons.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:30 PM

Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:30 PM

After select Thursday evening performances, you can meet the artists involved in a production, ask questions about the creative process and discuss your theatergoing experience.

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Lend Me A Tenor media release

Friday, March 21, 2014

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Media Coverage

Classic Comedy Gifts Laughter and Romance

Thursday, April 17, 2014

by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Broadway World; The experienced MCT cast in cooperation with young talent from Marquette University's gift the audience with an evening of welcome laughter despite this never ending Midwest winter, still present in April. A night of pure entertainment shined in the Broadway Theatre Center, staged in the rich, Rococo decorated Cabot Theatre, a perfect setting for the1930's, two room hotel suite where all the miscued and misguided action occurs.

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Chamber's finale is laugh a minute

Thursday, April 17, 2014

by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; The winner of two Tony Awards and often called the second-funniest farce ever written, “Lend Me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig has been chosen by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre for its finale of the season.

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Classic Farce Done Well

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre tightly executes a classic work of light comedy with a production of Ken Ludwig’s LEND ME A TENOR.

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MCT Pitch-Perfect in "Lend Me a Tenor"

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

by Tom Strini; We've met all the characters in Ken Ludwig's LEND ME A TENOR before the curtain even rises on the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's sparkling new production.

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Total Theater TENOR review

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

by Anne Siegel, Total; Milwaukee Chamber Theater closes its current season with the madcap mayhem of Ken Ludwig’s LEND ME A TENOR. Every aspect of this production gleams with professional precision, making this a highlight of the company’s current season.

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Going Crazy in Cleveland

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By Dominique Paul Noth, Third Coast; Ken Ludwig’s expertly constructed LEND ME A TENOR has dominated the commercial world of farce for a quarter of a century in multiple professional and amateur manifestations.

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Opera Buffa

Monday, April 14, 2014

by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee; There’s a reason why Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor has been staged umpteen times around the world--from the West End to Broadway to high schools--since it premiered in 1986. It’s a classic, “well-made” farce that offers juicy comic parts—from the opera star to the starry-eyed ingénue to even the hotel bellhop—that actors love to play. And there’s an obvious glow of pleasure radiating from the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production, which opened at the Broadway Theatre Center this weekend.

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'Lend Me a Tenor' hits right notes in MU-Chamber Theater collaboration

Sunday, April 13, 2014

by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Appearing in the plain light of day, he's a bespectacled nebbish, pining for a woman who treats him like a sibling. Disguised in tights and a fluttering red cape at night, he becomes a soaring superhero. I'm speaking, naturally, of Max — downtrodden assistant to a temperamental impresario in the frothy "Lend Me a Tenor," Ken Ludwig's oft-produced and unabashedly silly farce. Under C. Michael Wright's direction, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre — in collaboration with Marquette University actors and designers — is giving "Tenor" a rollicking production in the Cabot Theatre.

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Watch our LEND ME A TENOR preview video!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Click "more info" to watch the LEND ME A TENOR behind-the-scenes preview video!

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Get a comical look at a day in the life of the “Cleveland Grand Opera Company”

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chip Brewster from Fox 6 "Real Milwaukee" visited Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's LEND ME A TENOR! Chip hangs at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre to get a preview of Lend Me A Tenor — which provides a comical look at one day in the life of the “Cleveland Grand Opera Company.”

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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre brings in Marquette students for 'Lend Me a Tenor'

Monday, April 7, 2014

by Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; For several years now, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre has collaborated with local university theater talents to stage some of its shows. It's pulling that trick again for a new production of Ken Ludwig's farce "Lend Me a Tenor."

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TheIndispensable Understudy

Saturday, March 22, 2014

By Meghan Randolph, Assistant Director - LEND ME A TENOR; It’s the most infamous adage of the theatre: “The Show Must Go On.” And indeed it must, as the characters learn all too well in Ken Ludwig’s LEND ME A TENOR...

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