New York: Here is a selection of reviews for Cyrano de Bergerac which opened last night at the Richard Rodgers Theater:
Leading the production as the title character is Kevin Kline. Starring alongside him is Jennifer Garner as Roxanne, Daniel Sunjata as Christian de Neuvillette, Euan Morton as Ligniere, Max Baker as Ragueneau, Chris Sarandon as Comte de Guiche, John Douglas Thompson as Le Bret, Concetta Tomei as Roxane’s Duenna, Tom Bloom as Montfleury, Peter Jay Fernandez as Carbon de Castel-Jaloux, MacIntyre Dixon as Jodelet, and Carman Lacivita as Vicomte de Valvert.
The ensemble includes Nance Williamson, Piter Marek, Baylen Thomas, Daniel Stewart Sherman, Keith Eric Chappelle, Thomas Schall, Davis Duffield, Alexander Sovronsky, Lucas Papaelias, Fred Rose, Stephen Balantzian, Amefika El-Amin, Ginifer King, Kate Guyton and Leenya Rideout.
The creative team features set design by Tom Pye, costume design by Gregory Gale, lighting design by Donald Holder, and sound design by David Van Tiegham. David Leveaux directs with adaptation and translation by Anthony Burgess.
Cyrano was last seen on Broadway in 1984 at the Gershwin. That production starred Derek Jacobi, Sinead Cusack, and Tom Mannion in the lead roles.
Cyrano de Bergerac is a classic tale of romance and tragedy. The soulful poet/philosopher and brilliant swordsman Cyrano, a cadet in the French Army, falls for the beautiful, strong-willed Roxane, but is too ashamed of his large nose to tell her. Instead, when he learns that she loves the handsome Christian de Neuvillette, his dim-witted comrade, he pens poetry and love letters to Roxane on Christian’s behalf. After many years, the truth is revealed. Will love or beauty conquer all?
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