Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical

Joe Ogren, left, and George Walker stared in "Lend Me a Tenor The Musical," coming to the Solvang Festival Theater on July 6. 

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PCPA's production of "Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical" opens at the Solvang Festival Theater on Thursday, July 6, and plays through July 23. A brand new musical comedy by Peter Sham and PCPA's Brad Carroll, this tale of mistaken identities and unexpected romance is based on the play by Ken Ludwig.

The creative team includes director Brad Carroll, choreographer Katie Wackowski, music director Paul Marszalkowski, scenic designer Jason Bolen, costume designer Eddy L. Barrows, lighting designer Tim Thistleton, sound designer Elisabeth Weidene, and production stage manager Ellen Beltramo.

The cast features Matt Koenig, Erik Stein, Kitty Balay, Karin Hendricks, George Walker, Bree Murphy, Leo Cortez and Katie Wackowski.

It’s the biggest night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. World-famous tenor Tito Merelli is to perform Pagliacci at the 50th anniversary season opener. However, Tito is nowhere to be found, and executive director Henry Saunders and his assistant, Max Garber, are in a panic. When Tito finally arrives, he is ill and at odds with his wife, Maria, over his preoccupation with women. Maria writes a note and walks out of his life. Soon, Tito, after mistakenly ingesting tranquilizers and Chianti, finds Maria’s note and threatens to kill himself. He passes out and, when Max tries to rouse him, he appears to be lifeless. A horrified Max and Henry now realize they have only one hope, Max must stand in for the “dead” singer and deliver the performance of his life.

"Lend Me A Tenor: The Musical" was first performed at the Utah Shakespearean Festival in 2007. It moved to London with a two-week out of town tryout at the Theatre Royal in 2010. It opened on London's West End at the Gielgud Theatre in 2011 and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. The show has had numerous subsequent performances throughout Europe. PCPA’s production is the West Coast premiere.

For more information and tickets, visit pcpa.org.

This report was compiled by Mary Ann Norbom, Lifestyle Editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News. You can reach her at mnorbom@leecentralcoastnews.com. Follow her on Twitter @MANorbomSYVNews

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