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Comedy set in Buffalo opens Mainstage theater series
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Comedy set in Buffalo opens Mainstage theater series

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A hit Broadway comedy set in Buffalo in the 1950s will open the 2013-14 Walter Gloor Mainstage Series at SUNY Fredonia in October.

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present six performances of, “Moon Over Buffalo,” from Oct. 11 to 26 in Bartlett Theatre at Rockefeller Arts Center.

Dates and show times include Friday, Oct. 11; Saturday, Oct. 12; Thursday, Oct. 24; Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 13. There are no performances the weekend of Oct. 19 due to the fall break at SUNY Fredonia. Tickets are available through the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office in the Williams Center, by phone at 673-3501 and online at

“Moon Over Buffalo” tells of the farcical mayhem that breaks loose amongst the members of small repertory company in Buffalo after a famous Broadway producer calls in search of replacement actors for his current hit production. The original production starred Carol Burnett and ran for more than 300 performances on Broadway. It earned several Tony Award nominations.

The Mainstage production will be directed by Associate Professor Ted Sharon. “’Moon Over Buffalo’ is the story of a has-been production company whose broken spirit is renewed by a visit from Frank Capra and the hope of Hollywood,” Sharon said. “The show is a farcical homage to all the people crazy enough to believe in a business that tries to overcome insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.”

“Moon Over Buffalo” was written by Ken Ludwig in 1995. Ludwig also wrote the comedy, “Lend Me A Tenor,” which the Department of Theatre and Dance presented as part of its 1993-94 Mainstage Series. During his career, Ludwig has earned two Olivier Awards, three Tony Award nominations, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award and the Edwin Forest Award. A native of York, Pa., he also received the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Excellence.

Sharon said the Mainstage production of, “Moon Over Buffalo,” will feature “more than 150 entrances and exits, daring sword fights, hilarious characters and a tour-de-force script by Ken Ludwig. ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ bellows theatre is alive and kicking.”

“Moon Over Buffalo” is sponsored by the SUNY Fredonia Federal Credit Union as part of the Lake Shore Savings Season.

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