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Lend Me A Tenor posts early closing notices

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

LEND ME A Tenor The Musical has posted closing notices at the Gielgud Theatre. Originally booking until November 19, it will now complete its run on August 6, 2011, just two months after opening.

The show’s producers, Martin Platt and David Elliott, said in a statement:

“We wish to thank the extremely dedicated cast of Lend Me a Tenor The Musical, author Peter Sham and composer Brad Carroll and everyone who has taken part in the project. Despite mostly wonderful notices from the press, great feedback from our audiences and nightly standing ovations, this has not translated into growing sales and we feel it is in everyone’s best interests to close the production on August 6th.”

Previously Posted: Lend Me A Tenor The Musical, which was staged at the Theatre Royal Plymouth last autumn, transfers to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre, where it runs from Thursday, June 2 to Saturday, November 19, 2011.

Reprising their roles will be Matthew Kelly, Damian Humbley, Michael Matus and Sophie-Louise Dann.

They will be joined in the West End production by Joanna Riding (as Maria Marelli), Cassidy Janson, Gay Soper, Jane Quinn and Michelle Bishop.

Completing the cast will be Jemma Alexander, Karen Aspinall, Natasha J Barnes, Nick Butcher, Kelly Chinery, Sharon Eckman, Daniel Farrow, Andrew Keelan, Kara Lane, Connor McAllister, Haydn Oakley, Stephen Oliver-Webb, Ryan Pidgen, Jeremy Secomb, Emma Sewell, John Stacey, Robert Traynor and Michelle White.

Joanna Riding is currently appearing in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which completes its run at the Gielgud Theatre on May 21, 2011.

Her other musical theatre credits include Me and My Girl (West End); My Fair Lady and The Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Carousel, Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music and Oh What a Lovely War (National Theatre); Lady Be Good (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park); Martin Guerre (West Yorkshire Playhouse and on tour); and Billy Elliot The Musical (Victoria Palace Theatre).

On television, she has appeared in Holby City, Doctors, Heartbeat, Where the Heart Is, The Royal, Midsomer Murders, The Brian Conley Show, Sean’s Show and Casualty.

Previously Posted: Peter Sham and Brad Carroll’s new musical comedy, Lend Me A Tenor The Musical, will run at the Theatre Royal Plymouth from September 24 to October 6, 2010, prior to an anticipated West End run.

Based on the award-winning West End and Broadway hit comedy by Ken Ludwig, Lend Me A Tenor The Musical is set in 1934 and finds the world’s greatest tenor Tito Merelli in Cleveland, Ohio, attempting to save its Grand Opera Company by singing Otello.

When he is unexpectedly incapacitated, Max, the opera director’s meek assistant, is given the daunting task of finding a last minute replacement. Chaos ensues – including a scheming soprano, a tenor-struck ingénue, a jealous wife, shrimp gone bad and the Cleveland Police department.

Ian Talbot directs a cast of 27 led by Matthew Kelly (as Saunders), Damian Humbley (Max), Michael Matus (Tito) and Sophie-Louise Dann (Diana Divane). They are joined by ensemble members Harry Morrison, Lee Ormsby, John Stacey and Kerry Washington. Further casting will be announced shortly.

Matthew Kelly, now on tour in Australia with Waiting for Godot, was last seen in London playing Pozzo in Beckett’s classic at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. His other theatre credits include Eddie Waters in Comedians (Lyric Hammersmith), Lennie in Of Mice and Men for which he won the Best Actor Olivier Award, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Trafalgar Studios), Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare’s Globe), Amadeus (Wilton’s Music Hall) and Forgotten Voices (Riverside Studios and the Edinburgh Festival).

On television, his credits include the Cold Blood, Bleak House, Where The Heart Is and Marple. Earlier this year, Kelly joined the Touring Consortium’s Artistic Panel.

Damian Humbley‘s musical theatre credits include Little Shop of Horrors and The Last Five Years (Menier Chocolate Factory), Fiddler on the Roof (Savoy Theatre) and Woman in White (Palace Theatre). In Australia, he has appeared on stage in Urinetown The Musical and Passion.

Michael Matus‘ theatre credits include A Christmas Carol (Arts Theatre), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Timon of Athens (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Canterbury Tales (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe (Royal Shakespeare Company at Sadler’s Wells) and The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre Royal Plymouth).

On television, he has appeared in A Prince Among Men, The Bill, A Perfect World and EastEnders.

Sophie-Louise Dann‘s previous West End credits include the title role in Iolanthe, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado and Edith in The Pirates Of Penzance (Carl Rosa Opera/Gielgud Theatre), 42nd Street (Dominion Theatre), Jolson (Victoria Palace Theatre), Forbidden Broadway! (Albery) and, for D’Oyly Carte Opera, Cousin Hebe in HMS Pinafore, Leila in Iolanthe, Kate in The Yeomen Of The Guard and Peep-Bo in The Mikado (Savoy Theatre).

Ian Talbot is a former Artistic Director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, where he produced over 75 productions. Those he also directed include High Society, Lady be Good, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Boy Friend. As an actor, he was seen most recently as Wilber Turnblad in the West End production of Hairspray.

In 1986, Lend Me A Tenor received its London premier at the Globe Theatre, where it received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy. In 1989, it premiered on Broadway, receiving seven Tony Award nominations, winning two, as well as four Drama Desk Awards.

In March this year, Stanley Tucci’s production of Lend Me A Tenor, opened on Broadway with a cast including Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub and Justin Bartha. Ludwig’s play has been translated into sixteen languages and produced in more than twenty-five countries.

Lend Me A Tenor The Musical has a book and lyrics by Peter Sham, with music by Brad Carroll, musical supervision by Paul Gemignani, musical direction by Colin Billing, choreography by Randy Skinner, designs by Paul Farnsworth, lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster and orchestrations by Chris Walker.