Lend Me A Tenor at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Provides Endless Laughs
July 11th, 2014 posted by Kaitie Burger
I was lucky enough to catch the show on its second preview night, and you would have thought that the cast had been performing the show for years. Every cue was perfectly on point and the actors moved seamlessly through the transitions.
The play, written by Ken Ludwig, tells the story of the Cleveland Opera Company, who has brought in world-renowned tenor Tito Merelli for a one night only performance. But as you might guess, not everything goes as planned. Tito’s health takes a turn for worse and he can’t make it onstage. As they say- the show must go on! From love stories, to arguments, to the hysterical drama of mistaken identities, this show has a little bit of everything.
Lend Me a Tenor is packed with laughs around every corner. You’ll get a taste of some of the best physical comedy around. I was left wondering how these actors have the energy to do this show day after day! (plus, the same cast is performing MacBeth in repertory- talk about exhausting!)
Highlights in the cast include Perry Ojedi as Tito Morelli, who has previously performed on Broadway in On the Town. His antics, along with Jacob Dresch’s portrayal of Max, carry the show through a fast-paced two acts. You’ll be impressed with their vocals as well!
Lend Me a Tenor is directed by Jim Helsinger, a PSF veteran. Scenery is designed by six-time Emmy winner Bob Phillips; lighting by Thom Weaver, costumes by Amy Best and, sound by Matthew Given. J. Bennett.
The show runs through August 3rd with performances Tuesdays through Sundays. For full details on this show and the rest of the season, be sure to visit the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s website. PSF has a full outdoor seating area with beverages and snacks available, arrive early to enjoy the atmosphere!
Lend Me a Tenor includes some mature situations; recommended PG 11+. To order tickets: 610-282-WILL  or go online to www.pashakespeare.org.