The sweet tenor voices of Max (Matt Morgan) and Tito (Steve Osborn) opens the hilarious showing of “Lend Me A Tenor” at the Alhambra Dinner Theater. There was so much laughter from the audience that people were continually amused through the entire performance.
Jamie Farr entered onto the stage and there was an ovation of applause. He did not disappoint any who remember him from his escapades on M.A.S.H. and numerous game shows, and personal TV talk show appearances. At 77 years young, Jamie marked 57 years as a professional actor and can still maneuver around a stage as any younger star half his age.
Lend Me A Tenor has so much underlying clean humor that it is the best script for laughs during this 2011 season. Laughs, laughs, and more laughs is what you’re in for if you see this funny show. Can you recall the script from Abbot and Costello’s “Who’s On First”, then you’ll be recognizing a similar recount in Lend Me A Tenor. The ending was phenomenal with doors slamming and the hustle & bustle of the cast running around & around right after the curtain call. Too funny!
About Lend Me A Tenor: In 1934, the renowned tenor Tito Merelli, is scheduled to sing the lead in Otello. Before the star leaves his hotel room, everything begins to unravel. Chaos ensues when Merelli’s wife, who has mistaken an autograph-seeker hidden in his closet for a secret lover, leaves him a “Dear John” letter. The distraught Merelli accidentally is given a double dose of tranquilizers to calm him and passes out. Saunders, the company’s General Manager, is determined that the show will go on (for his own financial sake), so he asks his assistant Max to impersonate the opera star. Max puts on the blackface makeup required for the role of Otello, and his disguise succeeds admirably – until Merelli, also in blackface, wakes up and heads for the stage. What follows is a chain-reaction of mistaken identity.
One might think that the “Black Face” that was used to represent the character of Othello may be a little offensive, yet according to Wikipedia.com, the show was on target and this writer and her husband found no malfeasance in the production and presentation of the Alhambra’s rendition of “Lend Me A Tenor”. Any other representation of the characters (masks, whiteface, or other makeup) would redirect the audience to another play production (i.e. Phantom of the Opera). It is advised, that because of one costume scene, that children under 14 years of age should not attend, but that’s your call.
Lend Me A Tenor
Dates: September 21 – October 16, 2011
Show times:8:00 PM for evening shows Tuesday through Sunday. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the buffet starts at 6:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday are at 1:15 PM. Doors open at 11:00 AM and the buffet starts at 11:15 AM. Sunday matinee is at 2:00 PM. Doors open at noon and the buffet starts at 12:15 PM. Group sales are also available.
Tickets:start at $42 for adults and $35 for children. Ticket price includes dinner, show and parking. Call the box office at 904.641.1212 or visit on line.
Alhambra Theater & Dining
12000 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32246
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