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Moon Over Buffalo (Ludwig)

  • Ken Ludwig
  • Full Length Play, Comedy, 1950s
  • 4M, 4F
  • ISBN: 9780573626517

Hilarious... building up its laughs methodically shtick by shtick... Ludwig stuffs his play with comic invention, running gags ... and a neat sense of absurdity... Go and enjoy.

New York Post

  • Full Length Play
  • Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, College Theatre / Student
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.

REVIEWS:

Comedy Triumphant. A completely side-splitting joy. Just go by 45th Street around 8 o’clock and you’ll hear the theatre rollicking.

WCBS-TV

Moon Over Buffalo packs more comic genius onto the stage than anything in recent memory!

USA Today

New York Post (Liz Smith)

[R]oles that any actor of a certain age would give his or her soul to play.

The Boston Herald

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

Riotously funny.

WWOR-TV

[It] doesn't let you stop laughing

The Rutland Herald

Ken Ludwig's Moon Over Buffalo tops the mayhem and pitch

perfect farce of his other hit Lend Me a Teno

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

Moon is raucous and hilarious!

WPKO-AM

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

A zany, madcap delight!

WHDH-TV

Orange County Register

Stuffed with comic invention, running gags and a superb sense of absurdity, this is truly a love-letter to live theatre.' - Insidebayarea.com'Moon Over Buffalo will certainly make you laugh!

The Capital

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)

Very, very funny with lots of belly laughs!

WCVB-TV

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.

Boston Herald

Wildly funny!

ABC News

Moon Over Buffalo is by far Broadway’s funniest, most enjoyable lighthearted play. Buy a ticket!

Entertainment Weekly
Premiere Production:

Moon Over Buffalo premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on October 1, 1995. It was produced by Elizabeth Williams, Heidi Landesman, DTL Entertainment, Hal Luftig and Jujamcyn Theatres.

The play was subsequently presented in London on October 15, 2001 under the title Over the Moon at The Old Vic by BIll Kenwright.

  • Casting: 4M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Parts for Senior Actors, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

  • GEORGE HAY
    CHARLOTTE HAY
    ETHEL
    ROSALIND
    HOWARD
    EILEEN
    PAUL
    RICHARD
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    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.

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