The Old Vic's upcoming production of Ken Ludwig's comedy Moon Over Buffalo, starring Joan Collins, has changed its title to Over The Moon. Apparently the original title would not make sense to those in the UK who are unfamiliar with the United States geography.
Buffalo, a city in New York, is certainly not the biggest or most famous city in the States, but surely there are some things that mark Buffalo on the map. Of course there are the scrumptious Buffalo wings, those spicy chicken wings served with celery and blue cheese. There's also the Buffalo Bills football team.
Director Ray Cooney says of the renaming: "We found that 90% of the British public didn't know that Buffalo was an American city. People seemed to think the title referred to a moon and a large, hairy animal. So we came up with a new title - Over The Moon - which we think sums up this light, frothy, romantic comedy perfectly."
Over the Moon is a night in the life of George and Charlotte a seedy showbiz couple who have been married for thirty years, playing stock nearly all that time. Everything is seemingly perfect until they find out that film director Frank Capra is attending the evening performance of the play in which they are all appearing. Chaos follows as they make one last grab at the brass ring of success.
In 1995, Moon Over Buffalo premiered on Broadway starring Carol Burnett in her first stage production in over 20 years.
The Old Vic Theatre's production of Over The Moon opens on Oct. 15 starring Frank Langella and Joan Collins, in her first return to the London stage since 1990.