WMU News

"Lend Me a Tenor" staged in Shaw Theatre

Oct. 1, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- University Theatre presents one of Ken Ludwig's hilarious farces, "Lend Me a Tenor," for seven performances Oct. 9-18 in Laura V. Shaw Theatre at Western Michigan University.

"Lend Me A Tenor" recounts a gala performance at Cleveland's Grand Opera Company, at which the star performer, the world-famous Tito Merelli, arrives late and finds himself secretly replaced by an office assistant. But the masquerade continues after the curtain comes down, at the expense of the two women who adore the star.

Directed by James Daniels, professor of theatre, "Lend Me A Tenor" is one of the best comedic plays written in the 1990s. On Broadway, it was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including best play, and won two Tony's, four Drama Desk Awards and three Outer Critics Circle Awards. Audiences have loved this tale of an extravagant singer, his lingerie-clad leading lady, and the poor lad trapped in between them.

The performers include WMU seniors Alex Goodman, Stacie Hadgikosti, Dominic Hester, and Lana Hubbard; juniors Tricia Berry, Jeffrey Fauver, Katrina Morris, and Prescott Seymour. The designers include seniors Sara Broadhead (lighting) and Linda Ward (scenery); and junior Joe Wilhelm (sound).

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 9-11 and 16-18, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. Seating is reserved. An opening night reception sponsored by the Millennium Restaurant Group will take place after the Oct. 9 performance. A post-show discussion with the director and the cast is scheduled for Oct. 12.

Tickets for "Lend Me a Tenor" may be purchased by calling the University Theatre Ticket Office at 269 387-6222 weekdays between noon and 5 p.m. Admission for the general public costs $16 and
$7 for students. The box offices at Miller Auditorium and the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo also sell tickets to University Theatre productions.

The 2003-2004 season at the University Theatre is made possible through a partnership with TIAA-CREF.

Media contact: Patrick Donnelly, 269 387-6222, patrick.donnelly@wmich.edu

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