Mountain Community Theater will open the 2013 season with Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo – a zany look at life and love in the theatre. The performance opens the 31st season on March 29th at Ben Lomond’s Park Hall with a comedy guaranteed to make you laugh and have you rolling in the aisles.
This riotous backstage farce brought Carol Burnett back to Broadway in 1995, where it ran for 309 performances. It co-starred Philip Bosco as her megalomaniac husband and leading man. Carol Burnett was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Actress in a Play and Philip Bosco was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Actor in a Play.
The show is set in 1953, the end of the era when great stars toured the country performing the classics in repertory, displaced by that new-fangled invention, television. Charlotte and George Hay carry on – despite the dwindling audiences and their now-inappropriate roles as young lovers. Their motley company and crew are in Buffalo, NY for the summer, presenting Cyrano de Bergerac and Noel Coward¹s Private Lives, two very different plays. Fate (and a pair of tights) has given these thespians one more shot at starring roles in a Hollywood epic, and director Frank Capra himself is en route to Buffalo to catch their matinee performance. Will Charlotte appear or run off with their lawyer? Will George be sober enough to emote? Will the pregnant ingénue make it back from the doctor in time? Will Capra see Cyrano, Private Lives, or a disturbing mixture of the two? What ensues is a breathtaking farce filled with twists and turns, collisions and mistaken identities, miscommunications and slapstick antics, exhilarating swordplay, and a set with five doors!
Directed by MCT veteran Peter Gelblum and starring MCT alumni and audience favorites: Tara McMilin as Charlotte Hay; Michael Stark as George Hay; with Jessica Adler as Rosalind; Nat Robinson as Paul; Rita Wadsworth as Ethel; Grant Patrizio as Howard; Ashley Sue Moore as Eileen; and Scott Whisler as Richard.
Moon Over Buffalo opens at Ben Lomond’s Park Hall on Friday, March 29, and continues through Sunday, April 14. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. General Admission tickets are $20.00. Students and Seniors are $17.00. The Thursday performance on April 11 is a special 2 for 1 deal at $20.00. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.mctshows.org or