From Samuel French:
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
"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
"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!" -
"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 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.