Join us on Monday evening, Feb. 23 when we welcome documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus to the Playbill On-Line chat room to discuss their new film Moon Over Broadway, about the making of the Broadway comedy Moon Over Buffalo.
The stress of a constantly changing script, a mega-star returning to Broadway after a 30-year absence, negotiations with unions that are traditionally unfriendly towards videotaping of rehearsals or performances -- these and much more are the stories that make up Moon Over Broadway.
Written, shot, directed and edited by the Academy Award-nominated team of Pennebaker and Hegedus, Moon Over Broadway follows the creation process of Ken Ludwig's play, which starred Carol Burnett. From the first rehearsal to the bows of the final performance, the entire process of creating a Broadway show has been captured on film.
Pennebaker and Hegedus are no strangers to the world of theatre. Their prior credits include Jane, a documentary about the Broadway debut of Jane Fonda; Original Cast Album: Company, the examination of the recording of the original cast album of Company; and Rockaby, which followed the rehearsal and first performance of Samuel Beckett's play, starring Billie Whitelaw.
Pennebaker and Hegedus first worked together on Pennebaker's Town Bloody Hall about the infamous Dialogue on Women's Liberation between Norman Mailer, Germaine Greer, Diana Trilling and other prominent feminists. In 1977 they teamed up again to make The Energy War, a "political soap opera" on President Carter's long fight with Congress to deregulate natural gas. Pennebaker and Hegedus were nominated for an Academy Award for The War Room which followed Bill Clinton's 1992 Presidential campaign. Other credits include numerous rock videos for performers such as Randy Newman, John Hiatt, Suzanne Vega, Victoria Williams and Soul Asylum. They have also been responsible for several feature length films including: Depeche Mode 101, a road movie revealing the synthi-pop culture of the 1980s and The Music Tells You which features Branford Marsalis and his trio as they tour and jam with musicians Sting and Jerry Garcia.
The team is currently working on Searching for Jimi Hendrix. The film will feature 11 musicians performing covers of Jimi Hendrix songs.
Moon Over Broadway opens at New York's Film Forum on Feb. 18 prior to national engagements.
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--By Andrew McGibbon