METAIRIE — Jefferson Performing Arts Society will stage the New Orleans area debut of Ken Ludwig’s hit A Comedy of Tenors from April 9-18, 2021, at Jefferson Performing Arts Center in Metairie. A total of six performances will be offered at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. The 2015 play is a lively fast-paced farce that features local opera singers with hilarious opera references that, according to director Anthony Laciura, “…has nothing to do with opera and everything to do with opera TENORS!”
One hotel suite, two wives, three girlfriends, four tenors, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans…It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife, Maria, from causing complete chaos!
“Filled with the crackling one-liners and frantic farce that made Lend Me a Tenor a huge hit, A Comedy of Tenors evokes the classic screwball comedies of an earlier time.”
Two years have passed since the disaster-filled night in 1934 when the chronically perturbed Cleveland Opera Manager Henry Saunders brought famed Italian tenor Tito Merelli to town to sing the title role in Verdi’s Otello. In less than three hours “The Concert of Three Tenors”, which he is producing, is scheduled to begin. With his much-abused assistant Max, Saunders is again awaiting the delayed arrival of Tito and his wife Maria. Max is now also an opera singer as well as Saunders’ son-in-law and one of the evening’s three-concert tenors. After Tito and Maria finally arrive, Tito goes off with Maria for a nap…and the mayhem begins. Everything that can go wrong does, including clandestine love affairs, romantic misunderstandings, and enormous operatic egos threatening to cancel the entire concert.
“Doors slam, trios are sung, seductions are interrupted, faces are slapped, and a very good time ensues.” – The New York Times