Lend Me a Tenor
by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Jane and Cy Hoffman
The New York Times called this play, "One of the two great farces by a living writer," when it opened on Broadway in 1989. Set in 1934, Mr. Saunders (played by Thom Hinks), the manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is preparing to welcome world famous Tito Morelli, "Il Stupendo", the greatest tenor of the generation (J. Ryan Montenery), who will appear for only one night as Otello. The only rehearsal begins soon, but the great one has not yet arrived so Saunders and his assistant, Max (Warren Wilgus) are frantic with worry. Max is in love with Saunders' daughter, Maggie (Avery Scott), but she is star struck by the famous tenor. When Tito does finally arrive with his jealous wife, Maria, (Colleen McClure) the farce begins. Through a series of hilarious complications, the tenor is given a double dose of tranquilizers and appears to be dead. What follows is a frantic and uproarious attempt to salvage the evening, a collision between high art and low comedy.
| ||The Hoffmans have previously directed a number of musicals at the Adobe including "The Drowsy Chaperone" and "Sundown" and recently directed "Me and My Girl" with Musical Theatre Southwest, where you may have seen Tasha Waters as the seductive vamp. Tasha has a similar role here as Diana, the opera's leading lady who has her eyes on the great Tito. Gene Dunne appears as the opera-loving Bellhop in the hotel where the action takes place, and Angie Alley rounds out the cast as Julia, the head of the Opera Guild, who insists on controlling every aspect of the operatic evening.|
|"This is a hilarious show, and we can't wait to watch the audience roar with laughter," said Cy Hoffman.|
Don't miss this hilarious and frenetic Springtime entertainment. "Lend Me a Tenor" by Ken Ludwig opens May 17th and plays through June 9th with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets are only $15, students and seniors $13. Reservations can be made at www.adobetheater.org, or by phone (weekdays only) at 505-898-9222.
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Presented by arrangement with: Samuel French
Directed by Heather Lovick-Tolley
Winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a 1991 Tony Award for Best Play, the New York Post called this “the best play Simon ever wrote,” a comedy, a drama, AND a hit. In celebration of Neil Simon’s 85th birthday, the Adobe has decided to produce his most successful play. This is a memory play set in Yonkers in 1942 in a world dominated by WWII. Two young boys, Jay and Artie, are left in the care of their stern grandmother and mentally challenged Aunt Bella. Complications ensue in the form of Bella’s secret romance and Uncle Louie, a small-time hoodlum. As Newsweek wrote, “Laughter and tears . . . come together in a new emotional truth.”
Presented by arrangement with : Samuel French
Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann
Directed by Daryl Streeter
Audition Dates: June 8-9
A musical and theatrical triumph of ensemble playing, this musical returns to Broadway in 2103, and audiences are lucky to be able to see it here in Albuquerque. The “Pump Boys” sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the “Dinettes” run the Double Cupp diner next door. An evening of old-style country and western songs, performed on guitars, piano, bass, and kitchen utensils, the show celebrates the value of friendships and life’s simple pleasures.
Is He Dead? A New Comedy by Mark Twain, as adapted by David Ives
Directed by Brian Hansen
Audition Dates: July 20-21
Performance Dates: September 13-October 6, 2013
Mark Twain wrote Is He Dead? In 1898 during a lecture tour abroad, but a combination of many factors prevented it from ever being produced. In 2002, the manuscript of the play was re-discovered and given to David Ives (All in the Timing) to adapt and stage for Broadway, where it was lauded as “shriekingly funny.” In this madcap comedy in the cross-dressing tradition of Charlie’s Aunt, we meet Jean-Francois Millet, a young genius painter, deeply in debt, whose only way to pay his debts is to die, as only dead painters obtain fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and passes himself off as his sister, the Widow Tillou. How will he get out of a dress and back into life with his sweetheart?
Presented by arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.