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Master of comedy and farce, Ken Ludwig, has adapted his Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Lend Me A Tenor for a new generation, with the genders swapped. The hilarious result is Lend Me A Soprano! It’s 1934, and world-famous Italian soprano Elena Firenzi, the biggest star of her era, is in town for a one-night-only concert with the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The gala performance is the apex of general manager Lucille Wylie’s career, and she’s given her assistant Jo one job – keep Elena away from men and liquor until the curtain rises. But when events spiral out of Jo’s control, she’s got one chance to set everything right.  

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Ken Ludwig

Directed by
Eleanor Holdridge

2023-24 Season
Part of the 2023-24 Season


"with large portions of slapstick humor and double entendres, Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Soprano is a wish come true."

DC Theater Arts

Press and Reviews

  • Ken Ludwig on flipping the script for ‘Lend Me a Soprano’ now at Olney Theatre - DC Theater Arts | Interview 
  • "a wonderful, farcical romp" - MD Theatre Guide | Review
  • "with large portions of slapstick humor and double entendres, Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Soprano is a wish come true." - DC Theater Arts | Review
  • "a hilarious, engaging farce" - Broadway World | Review

Video: In rehearsal

  • Dylan Arredondo

  • Maboud Ebrahimzadeh

  • Rachel Felstein

  • Donna Migliaccio

  • Tom Patterson

  • Natalya Lynette Rathnam

  • Graciela Rey

  • Carolann M. Sanita

  • Tina Stafford

    Mrs. Wylie
  • Ben Topa

  • Eleanor Holdridge

  • Chris Youstra

    Music Director
  • Andrew R. Cohen

    Scenic Designer
  • Sarah Cubbage

    Costume Designer
  • Alberto Segarra

    Lighting Designer
  • Matt Rowe

    Sound Designer
  • Robb Hunter

    Fight Choreographer
  • Helen Aberger

    Intimacy Choreographer
  • Larry Peterson

    Wig/Hair Designer
  • Ben Walsh

    Production Stage Manager
  • Ebony Gennes

    Assistant Stage Manager

Community Events

  • "Opera" Story Time at the Olney Library

    Sunday, Feb. 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
    Location: Olney Public Library, Free Admission

    As part of our celebration of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Soprano, we’re sponsoring a morning of stories at the Olney Public Library. This is a free family event appropriate for all ages, especially toddlers, preschoolers, and young children. Books to be read are chosen with the help of the Olney librarian.

  • Social Mixer with Comedian Robert Mac

    Thursday, Feb 15, 2024, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
    Location: Actors' Hall, Olney Theatre Center Tickets: $45 (includes admission to the social mixer and a ticket to Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Soprano)
    Drinks and snacks available for purchase.

    Are you looking for a fun night out filled with laughter? Well you’re in luck. Join us at Olney Theatre Center for a night of comedy featuring comedian Robert Mac. Following his set please stay for a small reception before joining us at the evening performance of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Soprano

  • Accent Workshop

    Sunday, March 3, 2024, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
    Location: Actors' Hall, Olney Theatre Center Tickets: $10

    Ever wonder how actors can switch in and out of accents on the fly? Have you ever wanted to do it yourself? Well, here’s your chance. With the help of Voice Dialect Coach Zach Campion you too can acquire the skills to switch between Italian and Dutch accents, just like Jo in Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Soprano

Past Community Events

  • Ken Ludwig

    Opening Night Conversation with Playwright Ken Ludwig

    Saturday, Feb 10, 5:00–6:00 p.m.  
    Location: Roberts Mainstage Tickets: $10 / Free for members  

    Join playwright Ken Ludwig and Artistic Director, Jason Loewith, for an Opening Night Discussion of Ken Ludwig's Lend Me A Soprano. 
    Watch the live stream here.

Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Soprano

February 7 - March 10 2024

Box Office: 301.924.3400

Open Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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