Moon Over Buffalo
Moon over Buffalo marked Carol Burnett’s triumphant return to Broadway after 30 years (for which she received a Tony Award nomination). It also starred Philip Bosco and Randy Graff. Subsequent Broadway casts included Lynn Redgrave and Robert Goulet. Moon Over Buffalo later opened at London’s legendary Old Vic starring Joan Collins and Frank Langella, under the title Over the Moon. It was directed on Broadway by Tom Moore, and in London by Ray Cooney.
In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950's. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.
For 4 men and 4 women. Unit Set.
"Somewhere up above, George S. Kaufman, Abe Burrows, Moss Hart and all those clever fellows who wrote the comedies of yesteryear are rolling with laughter, echoing the audience last night at Moon Over Buffalo. The play is nothing less than a love letter to live theater."
"Ken Ludwig's 'Moon Over Buffalo' tops the mayhem and pitch-perfect farce of his other hit, 'Lend Me a Tenor.'"
Orange County Register
“Moon Over Buffalo packs more comic genius onto the stage than anything in recent memory!”
“Ken Ludwig is one of those rare contemporary playwrights who thinks in terms of old-fashioned knockabout farce, and that’s something to be cherished.”
The New York Times
"[R]oles that any actor of a certain age would give his or her soul to play."
The Boston Herald
“Comedy Triumphant. A completely side-splitting joy. Just go by 45th Street around 8 o’clock and you’ll hear the theatre rollicking.”
"The funniest show in New York … The comedy has audiences rolling in the aisles. The second act has a show-within-a-show spoof of “Private Lives” with everybody in the wrong costumes reading the wrong lines. This has to be one of the most hysterical things ever put onstage. I have seen Moon Over Buffalo three times! I expect you to see it once.”
New York Post (Liz Smith)
“Moon Over Buffalo is hilarious! Ludwig stuffs his play with comic invention, running gags and neat sense of absurdity. An evening of farcical delight. Go and enjoy!”
New York Post (Clive Barnes)
“Moon Over Buffalo is by far Broadway’s funniest, most enjoyable lighthearted play. Buy a ticket!”
“A zany, madcap delight!”
“Very, very funny with lots of belly laughs!”
“Moon is raucous and hilarious!”
"[It] doesn't let you stop laughing"
The Rutland Herald
"Stuffed with comic invention, running gags and a superb sense of absurdity, this is truly a love-letter to live theatre."
"Moon Over Buffalo will certainly make you laugh!"
The Capital, Annapolis, MD
"...Moon Over Buffalo is what a staged comedy should be. It is a wild and wacky farce. It’s “Waiting for Guffman” meets “Noises Off” meets your favorite Shakespeare comedy as performed by the Marx Brothers. Be prepared to leave the theater exhausted from laughter."
The News Tribune, WA
2 Tony Award Nominations
-Glitterati Productions, Chicago
-Cape Playhouse Production
-Evergreen CenterStage Production, CO
-The Playhouse Production, Wilson, NC
-Providence College Production, RI
-Pacifica Spindrift Players Production, CA
-Colonial Players Production
-Olympia Little Theatre Production
Directed by Tom Moore
PC: Joan Marcus
Philip Bosco as George Hay - Carol Burnett as Charlotte Hay
Dennis Ryan, Carol Burnett, Randy Graff, Jane Connell, James Valentine
Carol Burnett as Charlotte Hay
Glitterati Production of Moon Over Buffalo, Full Cast, including David Besky, Jan Vitt, Meredith Wood, Rachel Urbanowicz, Annika Johansson, Patrick Halley, Jim Kozyra, Paul Nyhart; PC: Pete Coons; hair & makeup by Robert Hilliard; Directed and with costumes by John Nasca