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Friday, October 2, 2015

‘Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors’ at McCarter Theatre Center

AComedyOfTenors-bg Long-awaited follow-up to Ludwig’s Lend Me Tenor runs on the Matthews Stage with an all-star ensemble cast including Ron Orbach, Rob McClure, Antoinette Lavecchia, Bradley Dean, Kristen Martin, Bobby Conte Thornton, and Lisa Brescia.


Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors runs Oct. 13 – Nov. 1 on the Matthews Stage. 
Tickets are available now at the McCarter Box Office, online at
www.mccarter.org or by phone at 609-258-2787

After an opening run praised by both critics and audiences in the Cleveland area, McCarter Theatre Center will continue the 2015/2016 Theatre Season with the world-premiere co-production of Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors. Mr. Ludwig, one of theatres most accomplished comedic playwrights, returns to McCarter with this door-slamming comedic tour-de-force featuring some of the most beloved characters from his critically acclaimed and Tony Award-winning smash hit, Lend Me a Tenor. This production marks Mr. Ludwig’s second McCarter production of 2015, after the record-breaking world premiere co-production of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery in March.  A Comedy of Tenors is a co-production with Cleveland Play House, and directed by Stephen Wadsworth, one of America’s most influential directors of both opera and comedy.

About the Play

Amidst the glitz and glamour of 1930s Paris, producer - and former mayor of Cleveland - Henry Saunders (Ron Orbach) is attempting to stage the concert of the century with three of the world’s greatest opera sensations. Straightaway, Saunders hits a snag when Italian superstar and notorious male diva, Tito Merelli (Bradley Dean), threatens to quit the show after finding his wife, the hot-blooded Maria (Antoinette Lavecchia), in the arms of another man (or so it would seem).

Acomedy robmcclure Reluctantly thrust into the action, Saunders’ ex-assistant Max (Tony Award nominee Rob McClure-photo) tries to navigate the situation as Tito and Maria’s passionate and fiery relationship begins to cause chaos on an operatic level. Whirlwind appearances by Tito and Maria’s daughter Mimi (Kristen Martin), heartthrob tenor Carlo (Bobby Conte Thornton) and Tito’s old flame Tatiana (Lisa Brescia) turn the pressure up as opening night draws near.

A Comedy of Tenors is the follow-up to Ludwig’s smash Lend Me a Tenor, which introduced audiences to some of the most hilarious and over the top characters on the stage. Frank Rich of the New York Times called the show "One of the two great farces by a living writer," and The Washington Post dubbed it "One of the classic comedies of the 20th century.” Like its predecessor, A Comedy of Tenors promises remarkable physical humor, fast-paced dialogue, and laughs from beginning to end.

 

Acomedy  Ron Orbach, Bradley Dean and Lisa Brescia     Ron Orbach, Bradley Dean and Lisa Brescia (photo credit: Roger Mastroianni)

Ken Ludwig (Playwright) has had six shows on Broadway and seven in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington Post called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards (England’s highest theater honor), the Charles MacArthur Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery from The Mystery Writers of America, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the American Theatre. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic. He has written 22 plays and musicals, including Crazy For You (five years on Broadway and the West End, Tony and Olivier Award Winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway and West End), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Broadway), Treasure Island (West End), Twentieth Century (Broadway), Leading Ladies, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, The Three Musketeers and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

For more information, please visit www.kenludwig.com.

More information on Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors may be found online at McCarter Theatre Center’s dedicated website for the production.


The actors and stage managers for this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.


SPECIAL EVENTS AND AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS

Live at the Library –Sneak Peek with Ken Ludwig

Friday, October 9 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm – Princeton Public Library

Comedy mastermind and author of A Comedy of Tenors, Ken Ludwig, will visit the Princeton community’s “living room” to discuss the creation of the sidesplitting sequel to his international hit Lend Me a Tenor, as well as his life-long love of opera. He will also provide insider’s information on the A Comedy of Tenors world-premiere production, directed by Stephen Wadsworth.

The event will take place from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Princeton Public Library’s Community Room (on the first floor adjacent to the Library Café). The Princeton Public Library is located at 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ. No RSVP or ticket is required to attend the discussion; it is free and open to the public.

Dialogue on Drama

Join us for a special post show discussion with director Stephen Wadsworth after the Sunday, October 18th 2:00 p.m. matinee performance. This is a free event, no RSVP req.
Post-Show Discussions

Post-show discussions at McCarter are highly interactive audience-based conversations facilitated by a member of McCarter’s artistic staff, often featuring cast members. These discussions focus on a range of topics including how artistic choices were made for the production, the actors’ process, and reflections and questions from audience members. Post-show discussions occur directly following the 2:00 p.m. performance on Sunday,
Oct. 25 and following the 7:30 p.m. performance on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Inside Story

Join us 45 minutes before any performance of Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors for a talk led by a member of McCarter’s artistic staff. Hear about what inspired the play, its unique creation and style, and much more. All Inside Story talks for A Comedy of Tenors will take place in the West Lobby unless otherwise noted in the lobby upon arrival.
Ticket Information and Performance Schedule
Single tickets for Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors start as low as $25 and are on sale now online at
mccarter.org, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton. A Comedy of Tenors will be performed on the Matthews Stage. The production runs 1 hour and 40 minutes, with one 15 minute intermission.

Tuesday               Oct. 13                                  7:30 p.m.
Wednesday        Oct. 14                                  7:30 p.m.
Thursday             Oct. 15                                  7:30 p.m.
Friday                    Oct. 16                                  8:00 p.m. (Opening Night/Press Opening)
Saturday              Oct. 17                                  3:00 p.m.
Saturday              Oct. 17                                  8:00p.m.
Sunday                 Oct. 18                                  2:00 p.m. (Dialogue on Drama)
Thursday             Oct. 22                                 7:30 p.m. (Pride Night)

Friday                    Oct. 23                                  8:00 p.m.

Saturday              Oct. 24                                  3:00 p.m.
Saturday              Oct. 24                                  8:00 p.m. (Open Captioning Performance)
Sunday                 Oct. 25                                  2:00 p.m. (Post-Show Discussion)
Thursday             Oct. 29                                  7:30 p.m. (Post-Show Discussion, Audio Description)
Friday                    Oct. 30                                  8:00 p.m.
Saturday              Oct. 31                                  3:00 p.m.

Saturday              Oct. 31                                  8:00 p.m.
Sunday                 Nov. 1                                   2:00 p.m. (Closing)


Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors
is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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