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Stanley Tucci to direct 'Lend Me a Tenor' on Broadway

December 17, 2009 |  2:30 pm

Tucci Stanley Tucci's movie career has officially shifted into high gear. The actor is racking up acting nominations for his role in the film adaptation of "The Lovely Bones," including nods from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild. But his next big job will be on stage. 

Or more accurately, behind the scenes. Tucci is set to direct the Broadway revival of "Lend Me a Tenor," which will open Apr. 4 at the Music Box Theater. The production will star frequent Tucci collaborator Tony Shaloub as well as Anthony LaPaglia, Brooke Adams and Jan Maxwell.

News of Tucci's directorial debut on Broadway first surfaced in July, but today's announcement makes it official.

The play, written by Ken Ludwig, is a farce about an Italian opera star who goes missing while in Cleveland making his debut with the local opera company. The opera's presenter must juggle irate fans, the tenor's wife and more as opening night approaches.

"Lend Me a Tenor" had its Broadway debut in 1989 in a production directed by Jerry Zaks and starring Philip Bosco and Victor Garber. The production earned seven Tony Award nominations, including one for best play. Bosco and Zaks won Tonys for acting and directing, respectively.

This marks the first time that Tucci has directed on Broadway. His screen directorial credits include "Joe Gould's Secret," "The Impostors" and "Big Night," the last of which he co-directed with Campbell Scott.

Tucci's last Broadway production was a 2002 revival of "Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune," co-starring Edie Falco. Tucci acted in the production (and received a Tony nomination) but did not direct it.

-- David Ng

Photo: Stanley Tucci. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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