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It’s September 8th, 1934, and Cleveland’s premiere opera producer is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The tickets are sold, the stage is set, and the thirty-piece orchestra is ready. But, it’s about to become un disastro gigantesco, because it’s three minutes to curtain, and the leading man - the greatest tenor in the world - has gone missing!
The starry revival of Ken Ludwig’s LEND ME A TENOR features a first-class line up: ANTHONY LaPAGLIA (Without A Trace), TONY SHALHOUB (Monk), JUSTIN BARTHA (The Hangover) and a top-notch supporting cast, all staged by actor/director STANLEY TUCCI (Julie & Julia). Don’t miss these hilarious hijinks of operatic proportions.
TIME OUT NEW YORK★★★★★! Lend Me a Tenor is the most howlingly funny and ingeniously staged laugh machine to hit Broadway in years.
BACKSTAGEStanley Tucci's riotous staging of Ken Ludwig's "Lend Me a Tenor" provides an evening full of belly laughs, slapstick action, and projectiles aimed into the orchestra seats.
USA TODAYNever underestimate the entertainment value of watching talented people make fools of themselves. I'm not talking about the embarrassment of tabloid media. Less guilty pleasures are on tap at Broadway's Music Box Theatre, where a raucous revival of Lend Me a Tenor opened Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLYA champagne cork, a piece of wax fruit, and a couple of roses go hurling into the audience during the limber and fast-moving comedy. But more than flying objects, you're likely to be hit hard by something else — the disorderly jest the cast churns out for nearly two and a half hours straight, much of it extremely physical in the best way.
HUFFINGTON POSTAt the end of Lend Me a Tenor, the cast races silently through the entire course of events that took place during the play. It's by far the most memorable, hysterical and downright surprising part of the performance.
ASSOCIATED PRESSWhat gives the production an unexpected boost is something not usually foind in farce - HEART.
BLOOMBERG NEWSSPECTACULAR AND RICHLY COMIC! A deft cast under the direction of that expert comedian Stanley Tucci.
VARIETYGiving a new generation reason to roar!
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERHYSTERICALLY FUNNY! STANLEY TUCCI'S razor sharp direction, expert staging and a terrific cast make this screwball farce come to comic life. The actors seem to be having an absolute ball.
BROADWAY.COMWord of Mouth Review: Phyllis, Matt and Tom see the outrageous comedy 'Lend Me a Tenor'
THE NEW YORK POSTThere are bona fide stars in the re vival of Ken Ludwig's "Lend Me a Tenor," which opened last night: Tony Shalhoub from "Monk" and Anthony LaPaglia, a Tony winner for "A View From the Bridge" in 1998. But it's Justin Bartha -- the missing groom from the hit movie "The Hangover" -- who takes the final bow.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLYAudiences beware: You might be hit by flying objects during Lend Me a Tenor, the Stanley Tucci-directed Broadway revival of Ken Ludwig's play that stars Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), and Justin Bartha (The Hangover).
DAILY NEWSSpeed, finesse and keen comic chops are key ingredients to any farce. Happily, they're all in ample supply in director Stanley Tucci's antic revival of "Lend Me a Tenor."
NEW YORK MAGAZINETHE CROWD GOES WILD!
EDGEIs there a funnier play on Broadway? Why don’t we ask a harder question: for instance, does a kangaroo know how to jump?
REFLECTIONS IN THE LIGHTA star-studded cast directed by Stanley Tucci turns in a solid comedic performance to propel a fun Broadway revival of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor.
THE ANDY GRAMThe new Broadway production of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor is a case of a not so perfect play turned entertainment juggernaut through the talents of a sublime cast and amped up direction.
THEATERSCENE.NETLike any good farce, and this certainly is one, the play is a complicated web of mistaken identity, crazy plot twists, double entendres, slamming doors and everybody desperately wanting something from poor Tito the tenor, (deliciously underplayed to great comic effect by Anthony LaPaglia).
GAYSOCIALITES.COMPlaywright Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Tenor has been a favorite of community theatre since its original Broadway production closed some 20 years ago. It’s light, funny and set in 1930s Middle America (Cleveland to be exact). Its operatic subject matter may give it a sheen of highbrow snob appeal, but most of the time Ludwig aims for big, lowbrow laughs.
STAGEZINE.COMIt’s hard to imagine that it has been more than two decades since the original opening of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Tenor, which starred Victor Garber and Philip Bosco in his Tony Award- winning performance. I am glad to say that this farce, despite its paper-thin plot, is a welcome addition to this or any other season. In large part kudos go out to its three leading men: Justin Bartha, Tony Shalhoub, and Anthony LaPaglia.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERBottom Line: Stanley Tucci's expert staging and a terrific cast makes this unremarkable screwball farce come to comic life.
NEW JERSEY NEWSROOMThe original production was a major hit and a similar success looks likely for this brightly performed and highly enjoyable Broadway revival which opened Sunday at the Music Box Theatre.
NEWSDAYSome of the most appealing actors of stages and screens have chosen to display themselves in a revival of "Lend Me a Tenor," Ken Ludwig's '30s-style screwball sex farce that, even at its 1989 premiere, seemed a middling throwback to a more tolerant era for flatulence jokes, mistaken identities in blackface and a sight gag with a toilet plunger.
THEATERMANIAThe major joy of this production is watching this polished cast show what kind of all-out farceurs they can be -- especially the top-billed stars.
THE BERGEN RECORDGreat dramatic performances can bowl us over. But I think we feel much closer to actors who entertain us with comedy.The thought occurred while watching some wonderful actors, not typically thought of as comedians, create a hilarious evening at the Music Box Theatre, where a revival of "Lend Me a Tenor" opened Sunday.