SUMMIT, NJ - The Cleveland Grand Opera Company's calamitous and comical search to find a replacement for accidentally-drugged, world-famous tenor Tito Merelli forms the hilarious storyline of Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me A Tenor," which Summit's Stony Hill Players will bring to the Oakes Center stage beginning March 31.
Merelli, is invited to perform Otello by 'Henry Saunders', the opera’s executive director, who harbors high hopes that Merelli’s performance will put Cleveland on the operatic map.
After Merelli is incapacitated, the Company searches to find a double to fill his role. Pretty soon, two 'Otellos' are running around in costumes, and two smitten women are running around in lingerie, and madcap mayhem ensues.
Nominated for nine Tony Awards, "Lend Me A Tenor" -- in addition to opening night -- will be staged on April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9. Tickets, priced at $20 for adults and $15 for youth under 18 years of age, are available by visiting brownpapertickets.com.
The Oakes Center is located at 120 Morris Avenue.