The comedy ''Lend Me a Tenor'' opens Friday at Youngstown Playhouse.
Ken Ludwig's farce is set in 1934 and tells the story of a renowned tenor, Tito Merelli, who is in Cleveland to sing the lead role in ''Otello'' as a gala fundraiser for the Cleveland Opera Company. However, when the tenor - known to his fans as ''Il Stupendo'' - decided to leave his hotel room, everything goes wrong. In true farce fashion, what follows is a chain-reaction of mistaken identity, crazy plot twists, double entendres, innuendoes and constant entrances and exits through many doors.
First produced at the Globe Theater in 1986, the show enjoyed a year-long run on Broadway in 1989-90 in a production that earned seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. A 2010 production directed by Stanley Tucci received a Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Play.
John Cox directs the Playhouse production, which features Jason A. Green, Medford B. Mashburn, Corina Daugherty, Victor Garcia, Denise Sculli, Cyndi Plyler, Dylan White and Lauren Wenick.
''Lend Me a Tenor'' will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and June 22-23 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and June 24 at the Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens. For reservations or more information, call 330-788-8739.