“Picture a down-at-their-heels theatrical family led by a drunken womanizer married to a wacky fading beauty,” says director Michael Leeds. “Toss in a deaf grandmother determined to get “back on the boards” and a daughter who’s vowed never to act again. They band together for one last shot at stardom, performing a riotous mash up of Cyrano and Private Lives for a TV weatherman they’ve mistaken for Frank Capra! That’s the plot of Moon Over Buffalo!”
Playwright Ken Ludwig’s madcap comedy Moon Over Buffalo will open on August 30th and run through October 6th at the The Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs.
Having already directed a very successful production of Ludwig’s Lend Me A Tenor at Stage Door, Leeds is delighted with the opportunity to tackle another one of the popular playwright’s chaotically farcical pieces: “When I read the play, I laughed out loud at every page,” he explains. “It’s definitely a crowd pleaser!”
“Ken Ludwig’s plays are an actor’s dream and George is having an actor’s nightmare,” says Clement. “ Its like a gym membership with swords. I’ve always wanted to do ‘Cyrano’ and ‘Private Lives’. Now I get to do them both at the same time!”
Ken Ludwig is an internationally-acclaimed playwright whose work has been performed in at least 30 countries in over 20 languages. He has had 6 shows produced on Broadway and 6 in London’s West End. He has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, three Tony Award nominations, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the Theatre. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic. His best known plays and musicals include Lend Me A Tenor, Crazy For You, Moon Over Buffalo, Leading Ladies, Twentieth Century, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, Midsummer/Jersey, The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island and The Beaux’ Stratagem. His plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Mickey Rooney, Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, Tony Shalhoub, Anne Heche, Joan Collins, and Kristin Bell. His book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, was published in June 2013 by Random House, and his work has been published by the Yale Review. He has degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College and Cambridge University. For more information, please visit www.kenludwig.com .
Moon Over Buffalo will run from August 30th to October 6th at The Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Coral Springs. (The production will move to Byron Carlyle Theatre in Miami Beach on October 11th, and run through November 3rd).
Tickets for Moon Over Buffalo are $38; $16 student tickets are also available. Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoortheatre.com
Critical Praise for Moon Over Buffalo:
“Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo tops the mayhem and pitch-perfect farce of his other hit, Lend Me a Tenor.”
Orange County Register
“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
“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
By: Ken Ludwig
August 30 – October 6
Tickets: $38 (Students $16)
Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00 pm,
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm
The Broward Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Coral Springs, Fl 33065
* Please note: There will be no performances on
Friday, September 13 at 8 pm,
Saturday, September 14 at 2 pm, or
Sunday, September 29 at 2 pm.