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Lend Me A Tenor - Music Theatre of CT, Norwalk, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Frank Mastrone, Michael Fasano - Lend Me A Tenor
We went to see the farcical play, Lend Me A Tenor at the Music Theatre of Connecticut in Norwalk on opening night, Saturday, November 5, 2022, and we have not stopped laughing! Written by Ken Ludwig, and directed by Pamela Hill, the play has fast-paced, witty, and absolutely hilarious dialogue, flawlessly delivered by the talented cast of Michael Fasano, Alexandra Fortin, Jeff Gurner, Cynthia Hannah, Frank Mastrone, Jo Anne Parady, Jim Schilling, and Emily Solo. Winner of three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards, Lend Me A Tenor is flat-out wonderful and runs until November 20, 2022. If you need a little (or a lot) of laughter in your life, do go and see Lend Me A Tenor.

 

Lend Me A Tenor

The setting of the play is a hotel suite in Cleveland, Ohio in 1934, where the local Cleveland opera company is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the world-famous Italian opera superstar tenor Tito Mirelli, brilliantly portrayed by Frank Mastrone, for a one-night only special performance there. Time is getting perilously close to the rehearsal hour and Mr. Mirelli has still not shown up at the hotel, and this is where chaos and the fun and games begin.

Alexandra Fortin - Lend Me A Tenor - Music Theatre of CT - photo by Alex Mongillo
Alexandra Fortin (Maggie Saunders)
Lend Me A Tenor

Jim Schilling, MTC's Co-Founder and Managing Directory and Conservatory Director, is hilarious as the anxious opera company owner Henry Saunders who has promised the Opera Board that they will have a night to remember when the legendary Mr. Tito Mirelli performs for them. Alas, where is Mr. Mirelli?

Jim Schilling, Michael Fasano - Lend Me A Tenor - Music Theatre of CT - photo by Alex Mongillo
Jim Schilling (Henry Saunders), Michael Fasano (Max)
Lend Me A Tenor

Michael Fasano brilliantly plays Mr. Saunders' harried assistant Max, and when Julia, Chairmen of the opera board, wonderfully played by Jo Anne Parady, resplendent in a couture evening gown and elaborate tiara, keeps calling Henry wanting to know when she will meet the yet to arrive Mr. Mirelli, Henry and Max develop an elaborately wild and over-the-top scheme in case things go wrong, and wrong is exactly what happens when the missing Mr. Mirelli eventually shows up at the hotel with his beleaguered wife, Maria, played by Cynthia Hannah.

Alexandra Fortin, Michael Fasano - Lend Me A Tenor - Music Theatre of CT - photo by Alex Mongillo
Alexandra Fortin (Maggie Saunders), Michael Fasano (Max)
Lend Me A Tenor

Adding to the mayhem is Jeff Gurner as The Bellhop, Alexandra Fortin as Maggie Saunders, Henry's daughter and Max's love interest, and Emily Solo as the ingenue opera singer Diana, who is hoping that Mr. Mirelli can help advance her career.

Frank Mastrone, Michael Fasano - Lend Me A Tenor - Music Theatre of CT - photo by Alex Mongillo
Frank Mastrone (Tito Mirelli), MIchael Fasano (Max)
Lend Me A Tenor

Lend Me A Tenor is brilliant from start to finish and when you have a large cast it is unusual that everyone will shine brightly in their appointed roles, however under Pamela Hill's directorship, each member gave flawless performances on opening night where the laughter never ended. It was an evening of gaiety and laughter, and it felt wonderful to share that with the most appreciative audience who rewarded the cast with a standing ovation. We cannot remember the last time that we laughed as long or so hard during a play, and for that we are especially thankful. Bravo! As it was Opening Night after the play there was a reception with a cast and crew meet and greet, to continue the joy and laughter just a little bit longer.

Michael Fasano - Lend Me A Tenor - Music Theatre of CT - photo by Alex Mongillo
MIchael Fasano (Max)
Lend Me A Tenor

If you need some laughter in your life, we highly recommend seeing Lend Me A Tenor at the Music Theatre of Connecticut before it closes on Sunday, November 20, 2022.

Until next time, keep enjoying and supporting the arts!

Jeff Gurner - Lend Me A Tenor - Music Theatre of CT - photo by Alex Mongillo
Jeff Gurner (The Bellhop)
Lend Me A Tenor

Lend Me A Tenor runs from November 4 - 20, 2022. The play runtime is 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission.

Lend Me A Tenor Performance Schedule: Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm.

Emily Solo - Lend Me A Tenor - Music Theatre of CT - photo by Alex Mongillo
Emily Solo (Diana)
Lend Me A Tenor

For information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website: https://www.musictheatreofct.com/, call the box office at 1-203-454-3883, or email them at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The box office is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm and 2 hours before every performance.

Cynthia Hannah - Lend Me A Tenor - Music Theatre of CT - photo by Alex Mongillo
Cynthia Hannah (Maria)
Lend Me A Tenor

Lend Me A Tenor - The Cast

Michael Fasano
Max
Alexandra Fortin
Maggie Saunders
Jeff Gurner
The Bellhop
Cynthia Hannah
Maria
Frank Mastrone
Tito Mirelli
Jo Anne Parady
Julia
Jim Schilling
Henry Saunders
Emily Solo
Diana


Jo Anne Parady - Lend Me A Tenor - Music Theatre of CT - photo by Alex Mongillo
Jo Anne Parady (Julia)
Lend Me A Tenor

Lend Me A Tenor - The Creative Team

Ken Ludwig
Book
Will Atkin
Sound Design
Peggy De La Cruz
Hair & Wig Design
Diane Vanderkroef
Costume Design
Sean Sanford
Scenic & Props Design
RJ Romeo
Lighting Design
Dan O'Driscoll
Fight & Intimacy Choreography
Abbey Murray
Stage Manager
Pamela Hill
Director

Current and Upcoming Productions for 2022 - 2023

Lend Me A Tenor
November 4-20, 2022
Holiday on Broadway
December 9-18, 2022
I Hate Hamlet
February 3-19, 2023
The Rocky Horror Show
March 17-April 2, 2023

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About MTC

"Music Theatre of Connecticut is the premier provider of musical theatre performance and training. Founded in 1987, we produce an annual series of Equity productions featuring New York professionals (MTC MainStage), numerous annual student productions, and a conservatory-style School of Performing Arts with curriculum-based training for students ages four through high school, including the nationally recognized College-Bound in the Performing Arts program for performance career-focused high school students."

"The Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) was founded in 1987 by Kevin Connors (Artistic Director and Co-Founder) and Jim Schilling (Co-Founder), where MTC's focus is musical theatre performance and training."

For more information on the Music Theatre of Connecticut, please visit their website: www.MusicTheatreofCT.com.

Music Theatre of Connecticut - Norwalk, CT

Music Theatre of Connecticut
509 Westport Avenue
(Enter the Bright Beginnings parking lot and look for MTC's orange awning)
Norwalk, Connecticut 06851
United States
Box Office: +1-203-454-3883
Fax: +1-203-557-0496
Website: www.MusicTheatreofCT.com
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