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Tony-winning play comes to town

By Steven Templin II
On February 18, 2013

On Friday evening Ken Ludwig's classic comedic play "Lend Me a Tenor" opened at Johnson City Community Theatre.
"Lend Me a Tenor" is a comedy that made its debut on Broadway in 1989, and since the debut has captured numerous Tony Awards and nominations.
The play takes place in a hotel room in the year 1934 where the Cleveland Grand Opera Company is preparing for the arrival of the renowned tenor Tito Merelli, who is to sing the lead in a grand production of "Othello."
Tito has everyone up in arms, especially Saunders, who is the company's general manager, and Saunders' anxious and eager-to-please assistant, Max an ambitious bellhop.
Tito's appearance also strikes a lot of female attention including Max's girlfriend Maggie, seductive soprano Diana, and the opera chairwoman Julia, as they all compete to get in bed with Tito.
All this attention does nothing but anger Tito's fiery tempered wife, Maria, leading to Maria leaving Tito a "Dear John" letter. Tito, unable to handle the loss of his love, overdoses on tranquilizers. His death threatens the show, causing chaos and a series of mistaken identities, mixed signals, and misunderstandings, which make for a night full of laughs for the audience.  
The show stars Kallie Gay, Angie Hyche, Bill Livesay, Richard Lura, Richard Nave, Joe Smith, Sharvis Smith and Kari Tuthill with Melanie Yodkins as the director, Stephanie Murphy as stage manager and Frank and Paige Mengel as set designers.
Every inch of the stage was used cleverly to portray the two hotel rooms and all the doors that were brilliantly and hilariously used to hide away the members of the cast.
"Lend Me a Tenor" is a true up-tempo true comedic work of art, guaranteed to keep the audience rolling in laughter and is strongly suggested as a must-see.
Performances of "Lend Me a Tenor" will be at 8 p.m. on Feb. 22-23 and March 1-2, and at 2 p.m. on March 2.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. Reservations can be made by calling (423) 926-2542.

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