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 by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Don Stephenson

May 28 - June 23

"achieves true comic delirium." - The New York Times

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An Uproarious and hysterically funny, door-slamming comedy that the New York Times calls "one of the two great farces." An opera singer is scheduled to sing the lead in the opera Otello. And chaos ensues when his wife mistakenly leaves him a "Dear John" letter. What follows is a laugh-out-loud comic merry-go-round of mistaken identity, farcical plot twists, double-entendres, and mayhem!

"It's the classic farce situation - disaster; denial; recovery; complication; catastrophe - and it's a joy to watch." - Variety

This hilarious Ken Ludwig comedy started rehearsals this week in New York City under the direction of Don Stephenson. The cast includes Judy Blazer, Scott Cote, Betsy DiLellio, Donna English, Nancy Johnston, Noah Plomgren, Steve Rosen and Roland Rusinek. Ticket prices are $59.50 and $69.50. For more information call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or buy online at

"Pay What You Can" Returns to Bay Street!"

Previews for Lend Me a Tenor (May 28-31) are sponsored by Peconic Landing. For the May 28 performance at 8 pm, there will be a limited amount of “Pay What You Can” tickets available only at the Box Office after 2 pm on that day.

Set in 1934, Lend Me a Tenor tells the story of the renowned "Il Stupendo" as he is accidentally given a double dose of tranquilizers causing a chain reaction of mistaken identity, double-entendres and musical mayhem. 

“We think the three shows this summer are some of the best comedies written for the stage,” says Gary Hygom, Producer for Bay Street Theatre, “and Lend Me a Tenor is going to be such a night of fun for audiences of all ages.”

Lend Me a Tenor was produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber on both the West End (1986) and Broadway (1989). It received nine Tony Award nominations and won for Best Actor and Best Director. As a Broadway revival, Lend Me a Tenor opened in 2010 and was nominated for the Olivier Award as Comedy of the Year. 


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  Judy Blazer (Maria): Broadway; Love Musik, 45 Seconds from Broadway, Titanic, Me and My Girl, A Change in the Heir. Off-Broadway; Whida Peru: Resurrection Tango, N.Y.C Opera's Sweeny Todd and Candide, The Torch Bearers, Hurrah at Last, Bernalda Alba and Hello Again at LCT, Connecticut Yankee (Encores) Twyla Tharpe’s Everlast (the Met). Regionally; title roles of Funny Girl, The Night Governess, The Miracle Worker, Peter Pan, and My Fair Lady. Additional; Twelfth Night, On the 20th Century, THOMASHEFSKY, with Michael Tilson Thomas (for PBS' GREAT PERFORMANCES). T.V: “Law and Order”, “As the World Turns”, “Guiding Light”, “Bernstein’s New York” and “In Performance at the White House”.

Scott Cote (Bellhop): Scott played the role of Goran on the 1st Broadway National Tour and the regional premiere at the Lyric Theatre of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He originated the role of Gus Gus in the new musical Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story for Disney Creative Entertainment. His other regional credits include Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls, Robert in Boeing Boeing, Gangster #1 in The Drowsy Chaperone, Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret, Howard in Moon Over Buffalo, Brian Runnicles in No Sex Please, We're British, Thurston Wheelis (et al) in Greater Tuna.

Betsy DiLellio (Maggie): Betsy is happy to be back at the Bay Street Theatre where she was previously seen as Eleanor Roosevelt in Enter Laughing: The Musical.  National Tours:  The Light in the Piazza directed by Bartlett Sher (1st National), The Sound of Music (Atlanta TOTS).  Off-Broadway:  Enter Laughing: The Musical (York Theatre and OCS), Glimpses of the Moon (The Oak Room), The Baker’s Wife (York Theatre).  Regional:  It's a Wonderful Life (BBDT), Carousel, The Full Monty (WVPT), The Light in the Piazza (Maine State Music Theatre), Oklahoma!, Annie (Atlanta TOTS), The Tin Pan Alley Rag (The Cleveland Playhouse). Many thanks to John and Gary.  Ciao Pasquale!

Donna English (Diana): NYC Nice Work If You Can Get It, Lend Me a Tenor (directed by Stanley Tucci), Broadway  (directed by George Abbott), Madam X  (NYMF Outstanding Performance Award), Taking a Chance on Love, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back!, The Gig and Ruthless! (Drama Desk nomination). Favorite Regional: Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle), Harold and Maude (Mrs. Chasen), On the Twentieth Century (Lily Garland), Victor/Victoria (Victoria), A Little Night Music (Charlotte), The King and I (Anna). Original cast recordings: Taking a Chance on Love, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back!. Graduate: Northwestern University. Amazing Child: Lila

Nancy Johnston (Julia): Nancy returns to Bay Street Theatre with thrilling memories of playing Jessica Gatewood in the World Premiere of Splendora in 1995. Broadway: Elf, Music Man and The Secret Garden. Off-Broadway: Splendora, Olympus on my Mind (featured/cast recording,) Merrily We Roll Along, Douglas Carter Beane's White Lies, and Allegro in Encores' first season. Regional favorites: Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir at Vermont Stage, Big Edie/Little Edie in Grey Gardens at Houston's Stages, The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods at St. Louis Rep, and Chloe in Lips Together, Teeth Apart at Austin's Cap City (Austin Critics' Award /Best Actress/Comedy. Town: Beacon, N.Y. Husband: Jess. Proud member for over thirty years: Equity.

Noah Plomgren (Max): Max is thrilled to be at the Bay Street Theatre in this production of Lend Me A Tenor. Recent credits include: Claude in the national tour of HAIR, Gabe in Next to Normal and Murdoch in Titanic, both at the Hangar Theatre, Zack in Tigers Be Still at City Theatre Company, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, and Radu in Mad Forest. Noah is a proud graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Love and gratitude to my incredible family and friends.

Steve Rosen (Saunders): Most recently, Steve and his writing partner David Rossmer co-wrote and co-starred in the musical The Other Josh Cohen, Off-Broadway earning a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Best Musical and 6 Drama Desk Award nominations including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Mr. Rosen's performance. Select credits include, Broadway: Spamalot; Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention and Guys and Dolls. Concerts: Knickerbocker Holiday (Alice Tully); The Mikado (Carnegie Hall); phish (MSG). TV: “Psych”; “Law & Order: Original and SVU”; “Masters of Sex”; “The Good Wife”; “Kings” and “Ed”. Twitter:@sweetrosen. In memory of Faetra Petillo.

Roland Rusinek (Tito Merelli): Broadway:  Piangi, The Phantom of the Opera. Other NYC; Fezziwig, A Christmas Carol, M.S.G, Jerry Springer, The Opera, Carnegie Hall. Beadle, Sweeny Todd, NYC Opera. The Prince and The Pauper, The Lambs Theatre. Kismet, Encores! First National Tours, The Addams Family and Kiss Me Kate. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, 5th Ave Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Westport Country Playhouse among others. Film and TV: Jack Lapidus in “The Producers” and Frank in “Bear City”, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Grad of PCPA's Actor's Training Program and LA County High School for The Arts. More at

Ken Ludwig’s LEND ME A TENOR is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

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Posted: May 9, 2013