The documentary "Moon Over Broadway," a behind-the-scenes take on the development of the Broadway show Moon Over Buffalo, is being released on DVD and VHS by Docurama on July 5.
The documentary was made by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus of Pennebaker Hegedus Films together with Mc*Ettinger Films. First released in 1998 theatrically, the film was acclaimed for its insight to the creation of a show and for shedding light on the "chaos of creativity" involved with that process.
On the other hand, Moon Over Buffalo book writer Ken Ludwig told Playbill On-Line that he saw the documentary process from a different angle.
"I don't know that it represents the process very well," Ludwig said. "Their job was to make a film that was interesting and gave everyone an experience that kept them on the edge of their seat. What it missed is a really very joyous experience. The play was part of my life. As for the film, I saw it once and that was it. The value of the film is that it gives a glimpse of what its like to put on a Broadway show that isn't otherwise available."
Ludwig said that the play Moon Over Buffalo has gone on to be done in other markets. "It's done everywhere, " Ludwig said. The DVD version of the documentary will feature "a running commentary featuring the filmmakers, actors Philip Bosco and Carol Burnett, playwright Ken Ludwig, director Tom Moore, and producers Elizabeth Williams, Rocco Landesman and Heidi Ettinger. Also included are bios of key cast and crew and a D.A. Pennebaker/Chris Hegedus filmography."
Distributed by New Video, the DVD sells for $29.95 and the VHS is $24.95.