If you need an evening off, and want to spend the night laughing go and see ‘Lend Me A Tenor’. Showing at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End it only opened on 2nd June and Matthew Kelly is in one of the lead roles. It is brilliant, I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much. The performance was so fast paced you barely had time to get over the last gag before the next one came and left you in stitches. A truly fab light hearted musical so that I had the best night in ages.
I had gone without any expectations, I didn’t know the storyline but I was delighted to be treated to an evening of such high entertainment. Set in 1934 in Cleveland, Henry Saunders, played by Matthew Kelly, is the director attempting to stage a production of Otello, against the odds. First he is missing his lead; the greatest tenor in the world – Tito Merelli, then Tito appears but suddenly becomes ‘unavailable’. So it seems that everything is against Mr Saunders to get through the night to save the Grand Opera company, plus the President is waiting.
The set is colourful, interesting and used in genius ways. The costumes are beautiful and I had huge dress envy a few times.
Matthew Kelly played a great lead, his acting and singing skills were a delight. Tito was an extremely funny over emotional Italian and Max, Mr Saunder’s assistant whose job it was to keep Tito Morelli out of trouble, turned out to be a star performer too.
All the cast were fabulous,it is so hard to pick out any to applaud singularly. There was tap dancing and a couple of other dance numbers which were hilarious, and Diana DiVane, played by Sophie-Louise Dann did the most amazing song which involved a medley of a huge number of Operas with some interesting items for props.
This is such a feel good, old fashioned musical, it was what I expect out of a musical but am so often disappointed. I don’t think you could get bored watching this over and over again. I really can’t recommend this enough…go and get a ticket now!
I award this a huge huge five cupcakes out of five!