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‘Lend Me a Tenor’

First show of spring season to open at the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei.

February 14, 2013
The Maui Weekly

ProArts Inc. will open its spring season with Ken Ludwig's "Lend Me a Tenor" on Friday, Feb. 22.

It's 1934 and the renowned tenor Tito Merelli, known to his fans as "Il Stupendo," is scheduled to sing the lead in "Otello" as a gala fundraiser for the Cleveland Opera Company. Chaos ensues when Merelli's wife, who has mistaken an autograph-seeker hidden in his closet for a secret lover, leaves him a "Dear John" letter. Because the distraught Merelli is accidentally is given a double dose of tranquilizers to calm him, he passes out. The company's general manager is determined that the show will go on, so he asks his assistant to impersonate the opera star. What follows is a chain-reaction of mistaken identity, farcical plot twists, double entendres, innuendoes, and constant entrances and exits.

On Broadway, "Lend Me A Tenor" received nine Tony Award nominations and won for "Best Actor" and "Best Director."

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ProArts Inc. will open its spring season with Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor” on Friday, Feb. 22. The show will play Thursdays though Sundays until March 7. Seen here, (left to right) are Maui stars Barbara Sedano, Kristin Jones and Lee Garrow.

"A furiously paced comedy with more than a touch of the Marx brothers A marvelous combination of wonderful farcical moments and funny lines."--Time Out

"Lend Me a Tenor" features the best of Maui talent, including Tom Althouse, Kristin Jones, Jennifer Rose, Mark Collmer, Sharleen Lagattuta, Lee Garrow, John L. Mendez and Barbara Sedano.

The show is directed by Lisa Teichner, with costumes designed by Linda Ewing, scenery created by Caro Walker and lighting provided by Bonnie Prucha.

ProArts Playhouse shows are produced by Jonathan Lehman.

The show will run until March 10 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. (there is no show on Feb. 24).

ProArts offers reserved seats at $20. Kama'aina nights, with discounts for Hawai'i residents, are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, and two Thursdays--Feb. 28 and March 7.

The intimate ProArts Playhouse is located at the Azeka Shopping Center - Makai, 1280 S. Kihei Road in Kihei. The playhouse is air conditioned with 82 reserved seats. There is free parking, plenty of nearby restaurants, and an art gallery inside currently featuring the works of Pat Masumoto and Caro Walker.

"Lend Me a Tenor" is suitable for all audiences.

Call 463-6550 for tickets or more information.

Pro-Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting the highest quality productions for Maui audiences.



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