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Moon Over Buffalo (Ludwig) - Full Length Play, Comedy

Moon Over Buffalo (Ludwig)

Ken Ludwig

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Full Length Play, Comedy

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

Charlotte and George Hay are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac "revised, one nostril version" and Noel Coward's Private Lives, when they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1950s

Settings Of Play - Onstage and backstage at the Erlanger Theatre, Buffalo, New York, 1953

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy, Stage Combat

Scene work, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

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.

"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

"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!" - USA Today

"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." - WCBS-TV

"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!" - Entertainment Weekly

"Riotously funny." - WWOR-TV

"A zany, madcap delight!" - WHDH-TV

"Very, very funny with lots of belly laughs!" - WCVB-TV

"Moon is raucous and hilarious!" - WPKO-AM

"[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." - Insidebayarea.com

"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

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.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

GEORGE HAY
CHARLOTTE HAY
ETHEL
ROSALIND
HOWARD
EILEEN
PAUL
RICHARD
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Media
  • Meet The Playwright: Ken Ludwig

Author
Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway and six in the West End, and he has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, three Tony Award nominations, two Helen Hayes Awards and the Edgar Award. His work has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been performed in thirty countries in over twenty languages. Broadway and West End shows include Crazy For You; Lend Me A Tenor; Moon Over ... view full profile

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garth MARKUM 8/12/2014 7:36 PM
our reading committee will meat next week to determine our spring comedy. As far as I am concerned this was the best and funniest comedy we read. loved the characterization and think it would be a good choice for our 55+ community in Florida.
Catherine Cappiello 2/27/2014 12:14 PM
Great comedy.  Looks like lots of fun and good roles for everyone.  Reminds me of Noises Off also.  

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