The Chicago premiere of Ken Ludwig's comedy, Moon Over Buffalo, opens July 7, with Dale Benson and Hollis Resnik in roles created on Broadway by Philip Bosco and Carol Burnett, at Theatre at the Center in Munster, IN.
Performances began June 29, and the staging continues to July 30.
Benson and Resnik, theatrical royalty in the Windy City, star as an acting couple whose hopes for the big time are rekindled when they learn film director Frank Capra is interested in their work. Character actor Benson recently appeared in Loot at the Writers Workshop. Resnik recently acted in The Learned Ladies at the Court Theatre and, among her many credits, was featured in the Chi stagings of The House of Martin Guerre and Another Midsummer Night at the Goodman Theatre.
Theatre at the Center artistic director Michael Weber stages the play. The Broadway premiere of Moon Over Buffalo is the subject of a film documentary, "Moon Over Broadway," which shows the painful process of putting on a new comedy, with Bosco and Burnett bristling in rehearsals. The picture was released on DVD and home video July 5. The Munster cast includes Ed Kross, Kelly Anne Clark, Katherine Keberlein, Lolly Trauscht, Dan Turek and Brian Vaughn. Designers are David Principato (set), Mary Ellen Park (costumes), Eric Appleton (lights), Kevin Barthel (wigs), Elizabeth Conley (props).
Tickets are $22. Theatre at the Center is at 1040 Ridge Road, in Munster, IN. Call (219) 836-3255 for information.
-- By Kenneth Jones