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Directed by Eric Morris
Winner! 3 Tony® Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards
Nominee! 2010 Tony® Award, Best Revival of a Play
Lend Me a Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world-famous Tito Morelli, known as Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant, Max, believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume, ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.
Over the past two years, Eric has found a wonderful artistic home at the Old Log. Audiences have seen him break four pianos as Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, entertain brides and grooms as Robbie Hart in The Wedding Singer, and swindle the rich as Freddy Benson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. During those two years at the Old Log, Eric has also produced a few concerts, stage managed a Dragon, turned microphones on and off, took some Instagram pictures, and sold some tickets. Eric is thrilled to embark on his next Old Log journey of assembling a team of wonderful collaborators and mounting a music-theater production.
When not at the Old Log, Eric spends tons of time working with Nautilus Music-Theater in St. Paul. Nautilus is dedicated to exploring the intricacies of the music-theater art form as well as developing singer-actors for success in that field. With Nautilus, Eric has also worked on the development of brand new music-theater pieces such as “TWISTED APPLES: Tales from Winesburg, Ohio.” Eric has also participated in their Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theatre Institute as a director and a performer.
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