Tucci lends ‘Tenor’ to Broadway

LaPaglia, Shalhoub, Maxwell join cast

Lend Me a Tenor” has been confirmed to land on Broadway this spring in a production helmed by Stanley Tucci and starring Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams.

Jennifer Laura Thompson (“Urinetown”), Jan Maxwell (“The Royal Family”), Mary Catherine Garrison (“Rabbit Hole”) and Jay Klaitz also will star in the show, set to play the Music Box Theater after current tenant “Superior Donuts” shutter in January.

One more actor remains to be announced, playing a role that had once looked likely to be played by T.R. Knight. Thesp is no longer attached to the project.

Tenor,” a 1930s-set comedy by Ken Ludwig, first played the Rialto in 1989. Plot centers on a producer who must scramble to cover for an opera star who goes missing in Cleveland, where he’s about to perform with a local opera. Philip Bosco, Victor Garber, J. Smith-Cameron and Tovah Feldshuh were among the cast.

Tucci, who most recently appeared in the 2002 Main Stem revival of “Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune,” makes his Broadway directing debut after helming films including “Big Night.”

LaPaglia was last on Broadway in a 1998 revival of “A View from the Bridge” that won him a Tony.

The most recent Broadway credit for Shalhoub (“Monk,” “Big Night”) was the 1992 play “Conversations with My Father,” while Adams appeared in the 1989 run of “The Heidi Chronicles.”

Design team for “Tenor” includes John Lee Beatty (sets), Kenneth Posner (lights), Martin Pakledinaz (costumes) and Peter Hylenski (sound).

The Araca Group (“Wicked”), Stuart Thompson (“Exit the King,” the upcoming revival of “A View from the Bridge”), Carl Moellenberg, Rodney Rigby, Olympus Theatricals and Broadway Across America produce the show in association with Lisa Cartwright and Wendy Federman/Jamie de Roy.

Production begins previews March 11 ahead of an April 4 opening.

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