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1995 - "Moon Over Buffalo" de Ken Ludwig

Moon Over Buffalo ou encore Cyrano in Buffalo est une comédie de Ken Ludwig crée en 1995, jouée partout dans le monde et dont l'action se déroule à Buffalo, New York en 1953.
Pour savoir plus sur qui sont George et Charlotte Hay, qu'est-ce que Cyrano de Bergerac a à voir avec eux et pourquoi on en parle ici, on vous propose de découvrir le texte de présentation en anglais qui suit ici-bas.
En cas où l'anglais n'est pas votre fort, jetez un coup d'oeil sur les affiches amusantes dans la galerie ci-contre.


The Characters

    * George Hay, a traveling actor.

    * Charlotte, George's wife and actress in his company.

    * Rosalind, Roz, George & Charlotte's daughter, who left the stage to lead a "normal" life.

    * Howard, a TV weatherman and Rosalind's fiancé.

    * Paul, stage manager for George's company, and Rosalind's ex-fiancé.

    * Ethel, Charlotte's nearly-deaf mother.

    * Richard, a love sick lawyer who is courting Charlotte.

    * Eileen, an actress in George's company who was George's "one-night-stand." 

The Overview

Moon Over Buffalo relies heavily on situation comedy for its humor, as well as some sexual innuendo and a little slapstick. The actor who plays George, in particular, must be able to deliver a highly physical performance; George engages in a mock fencing match with Charlotte, a wrestling match with Howard, and a stunt fall into the orchestra pit. The action and dialogue are fast-paced, as the characters are constantly bickering or frantically trying to resolve some confusion.

George and Charlotte Hay, traveling actors, are performing “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Private Lives” in a repertory theatre in Buffalo. Charlotte has grandiose dreams of becoming a Hollywood film star; George, on the other hand, is quite satisfied as a stage actor, and sees live theater as being superior to film.

George receives a phone call from Frank Capra, a very famous film director, who says that he needs replacements for Ronald Colman and Greer Garson, the two stars of his current film, “The Twilight of The Scarlet Pimpernel”, and that he plans to see one of George's shows and consider George and Charlotte for the parts. Charlotte, however, doesn't believe George when he gives the news; she has just learned that George has had an affair with one of their actors, Eileen, and that Eileen is pregnant with George's child. Charlotte tells George she plans to leave with Richard, a successful and charismatic lawyer. George, despondent, gives up hope and turns to alcohol to drown his misery.

When Charlotte reads the news about Capra losing his actors, she returns to the theater, only to find that George has left. Charlotte and Rosalind (their daughter who has recently come to visit) contact all the bars in the city, looking for him. They can't find him, but Charlotte does meet Howard, Roz's new fiancé, whom Charlotte's hard-of-hearing mother mistakenly introduces as Frank Capra. Thinking that Howard is the famous director, Charlotte gives him the "red carpet" treatment, for which Howard is grateful, but confused. And when George returns, he believes that Howard is actually Eileen's brother, seeking revenge for George's affair with Eileen. In what he thinks is self-defense, George ties up the innocent Howard and locks him in a closet.

When Charlotte and Roz finally meet George again, they try to get him prepared for the afternoon's showing of Private Lives, which Capra intends to see. George, in his drunken stupor, decides he would rather do Cyrano, and dresses appropriately. The resulting show is a disaster, as George is several minutes late to arrive onstage and in the wrong costume and character. In the end, Howard, still bound in ropes, hops onstage and calls out for help; then George falls into the orchestra pit, presumably breaking a few instruments and sending him to the hospital.

After the show, a sober George offers his apology to Howard. Brushing that aside, Howard announces that he has met an old love and in walks Eileen. Howard and Eileen have decided to get engaged and eagerly plan to start a family right away. Everyone is relieved... and happy. Now that Roz is single, Paul takes the opportunity to propose to her, and they get engaged again on the spot. Charlotte forgives — or at least forgets — George's infidelity and decides to stay with him instead of Richard. Finally, in a deus ex machina-like plot twist, Capra himself calls to say that he missed the afternoon performance and will instead see the show in the evening, thus allowing George and Charlotte another chance at Hollywood stardom.

The Production

Directed by Tom Moore, Moon Over Buffalo opened on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on October 1, 1995, where it ran for 309 performances, after 22 previews and an out-of-town tryout in Boston.

The D.A. Pennebaker documentary video entitled Moon Over Broadway follows the show from rehearsal period through Broadway opening.

Original cast

    * George Hay -- Philip Bosco

    * Charlotte Hay -- Carol Burnett

    * Rosalind -- Randy Graff

    * Ethel -- Jane Connell

    * Paul -- Dennis Ryan

    * Eileen -- Kate Miller

    * Howard -- Andy Taylor

    * Richard Maynard -- James Valentine

During the original run, Carol Burnett and Philip Bosco were temporarily replaced by Lynn Redgrave and Robert Goulet while on extended vacations.


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Publié le 19 / 08 / 2011.


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