‘Lend Me a Tenor’ onstage at Westchester Broadway Theatre

Published: Friday, December 27, 2019 By: Linda Tuccio-Koonz Source: CT Post

The comedy, “Lend Me a Tenor,” by Ken Ludwig, is on stage at Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) in Elmsford, N.Y. Nominated for nine Tony Awards, it received a Tony for Best Actor (Philip Bosco) and Best Director (Jerry Zaks).

This popular show has been translated into 16 languages and produced in 25 countries and will be directed at WBT by Harry Bouvy. Describing the production in a news release, the theater said it tells a story which opens just as The Cleveland Grand Opera Company’s season gala is presenting world-famous tenor Tito Morelli, performing “Pagliacci,” his greatest role.

“But the opera is jeopardized when Morelli falls into a drunken stupor,” the theater says. “In a panic, the opera company’s diminutive assistant grabs a costume and makeup, pretends to be the famous Morelli, and goes on as Canio. 

“The masquerade works until Morelli awakens and the chaos of mistaken identities ensues involving two clowns, a volatile Italian wife, an outrageous bellhop, a cynical impresario and two lingerie-clad ladies trying to seduce the tenor.”

The title of this “madcap, screwball comedy” is a pun on “Lend me a tenner.” According to WBT, the show is “guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.” WBT, which is known for presenting Broadway’s best musicals, also notes this is the first time (in 45 years) the theater is presenting its show with a free, three-course dinner.

Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, N.Y. Friday, Jan. 3 - Sunday, Jan. 26. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings: dinner 6:30 p.m . and show at 8 p.m .; Sunday matinees: lunch 12 p.m . and show 1:30 p.m .; Sunday evenings: dinner: 5:30 p.m . and show 7 p.m. $57 includes dinner. 914-592-2222, www.broadwaytheatre.com