Moon Over Broadway

on February 13, 1998 by Susan Green
   Until his 1993 Oscar nomination for "The War Room," D.A. Pennebaker was probably best known for the 1966 Bob Dylan tour in "Don't Look Back" and the delirious rock festival of "Monterey Pop" a year later. His 45-year career, two decades of it in professional partnership with wife Chris Hegedus, is impressive but the filmmakers tackles less compelling subject matter on "Moon Over Broadway."
   The documentary spotlights comedienne Carol Burnett's return to the stage after 30 years of television celebrity. The show's director, Tom Moore, engages in a power struggle with his stars, playwright Ken Ludwig bemoans what's happening to his words, producers Elizabeth Williams and Rocco Landesman fret about opening night reviews. Pennebaker and Hegedus capture all the angst, as well Burnett's swings from clown to diva to trouper. Glimpses of the actual production, a farce called "Moon Over Buffalo" that proved to be a hit, might leave viewers wondering what all the fuss is about.    Starring Carol Burnett, Philip Bosco, Ken Ludwig, Tom Moore and Rocco Landesman. Directed by D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. Produced by Wendy Ettinger and Frazer Pennebaker. An Artistic License release. Documentary. Running time: 100 min.
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