Vince Gover Releases New Operetta ‘Lend Me a Roll; or The Woeful Diarrheic’

By Francisco Salazar

Vince Gover has released a new operetta “Lend Me a Roll; or The Woeful Diarrheic.”

The new work can be seen on YouTube and was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press release composer/librettist/performer Gover noted that “he watched helplessly as his 2020 performance gigs were canceled. Faced with the prospect of a lost year, he explored other mediums as an outlet for his creativity. The day-to-day absurdities of suddenly ubiquitous Zoom calls and scarce toilet paper provided the inspiration for a pandemic-themed operetta.”

Gover added “As vital as it is to be taking this pandemic seriously, there is still room to laugh about it. Parts of the experience of living through a pandemic have been utterly ridiculous and admitting that ridiculousness by poking fun at those parts is a good way to keep our spirits up.”

The new work stars operetta, opera, and musical theatre veterans including Vincent Gover, Ivana Martinic, Tanya Roberts, Ned Hanlon, Yvonne Trobe, Kyle Yampiro, Christopher Robin Sapp, and Aidan Smerud.