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Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Soprano

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  5w, 3m

The roles
are reversed and the ladies take the lead in this madcap screwball
comedy based on Ludwig’s Tony Award-winning Lend Me A Tenor, guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.

Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Soprano

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5w, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Farce
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult

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Summary

It's 1934, and the clever and combustible Lucille Wiley, Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is ready to welcome world-class soprano Elena Firenzi for her one-night-only starring role in Carmen. Alas, Elena arrives late, her impassioned husband Pasquale has a fit of jealousy, and it remains to be seen whether Mrs. Wiley’s mousy but determined assistant Jo can save the day.

Based on Ken Ludwig’s Tony Award-winning Lend Me A Tenor, this this madcap screwball comedy features ladies in the leading roles and is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.

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History
Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Soprano made its world premiere at the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX on September 16, 2022.
MRS. WYLIE – General Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company
JO – Her assistant
JERRY – Her son
ELENA FIRENZI – A world-famous soprano
PASQUALE – Elena’s husband
BEVERLY – A bellhop
LEO – A tenor
JULIA – Chairwoman of the Opera Guild
  • Time Period 1930s
  • Setting A first-rate hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. September, 1934.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)

Media

“A screwball delight, fast, furious and consistently funny... a singing, door-slamming, bed-hopping whirlwind of a good time.” – Houston Chronicle

“An undeniable crowd-pleaser... Turning the three leading male roles into women overlays this pinwheel comedy with a warmer, deeper touch. It's still a classic sex comedy with whiplash timing, men dropping their pants, doors slamming, mistaken identity, and surprise entrances, but the lead women add a lively touch to the finely-plotted machinations. ...[This] farce has found its heart. It's a sweet transformation.” – Houston Press

“Everything I desire in a theatre production... Guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.” – Broadway World

“A screwball delight, fast, furious and consistently funny. Reworking his own tried-and-true comedy Lend Me a Tenor with an effective gender reversal, Ludwig has created a showpiece of controlled chaos, relentless but deceptively thoughtful in its dissection of performative ego and pride. Mostly, however, it’s just a dizzying amount of fun... a singing, door-slamming, bed-hopping whirlwind of a good time.” – Houston Chronicle

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    Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Soprano – Alley Theatre Trailer

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    Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Soprano – Interview

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    Rob Melrose on Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Soprano

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    Photos of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me A Soprano – Alley Theatre

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Authors

Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig has had six productions on Broadway and eight in London’s West End. His 34 plays and musicals are staged around the world and throughout the United States every night of the year.

His first play, Lend Me a Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classi ...

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