Last year, Maurer Productions OnStage (MPO) entertained us with award winning productions of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT and Shrek the Musical. This season, following their frightening production of Count Dracula, they will be premiering Lend Me A Tenor inside The Kelsey Theatre. And today, they have announced auditions for this Tony Award winning show – set to be directed by Award-winning producer and MPO Artistic Director John M. Maurer.
Set in the 1930’s, Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous Tito Morelli, “Il Stupendo,” the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s “Il Stupendo.” Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with “Il Stupendo.” A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave you teary-eyed with laughter.
Auditions will take place November 15 and November 16 from 12pm-5pm on both days.
The show will open on February 20th and run through March 1st of 2015 inside The Kelsey Theatre.
For all the audition information, CLICK HERE and visit the MPO’s CastME 123 system. This website includes audition information, available roles, audition scenes, a downloadable audition package, and directions to the audition location.