On a very important night for the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, Tito Mirelli, the world-famous Italian tenor, is set to perform the starring role in Otello. Henry Saunders — General Manager of the company — is beyond stressed about everything turning out right, and insists that his assistant, Max — a nervous, young fellow and secret tenor extraordinaire — watch over Tito’s every move to ensure smooth sailing. After a huge fight with his fiery, Italian wife Maria, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers through a series of mishaps. Throw in Diana, an ambitious, female co-star; Maggie, Max’s giddy girlfriend; Julia, a flirty head of the opera guild; and a meddling bellhop fighting for Tito’s attention. Together, you have a recipe for comedic disaster. Max navigates the company through one catastrophe after the next — an angry wife, a presumed death, crazy costumes, secret sex romps, and loads and loads of slamming doors and mistaken identities — and, ultimately, takes on the role of Otello to great effect. Together, Max and Saunders find a way to save the Opera Company’s big night in grand, farcical fashion.
Meet our director for LEND ME A TENOR…
Taylor recently moved to Kansas City where he works as a hairstylist during the daytime and plots his takeover of the Kansas City theatre scene at night. He is very excited to be making his Corbin Theatre Company debut as the director of Lend Me A Tenor. Taylor is a recent graduate of The University of Central Missouri where he earned his BFA in Theatre Performance with an emphasis in Directing. His passion for theatre brought him to Kansas City and his production company, THUD Productions, will be making its debut later this year. Taylor has a passion for bold and experimental storytelling, German expressionism, Tennessee Williams and his cat and best friend of 15 years – Krickett.
Lend Me A Tenor
Corbin Theatre Stage
March 16, 17, 23 & 24