Cyrano Revival, Starring Kevin Kline, Will Be Broadcast on PBS

News   Cyrano Revival, Starring Kevin Kline, Will Be Broadcast on PBS The revival of Cyrano de Bergerac — which will play its final performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre Jan. 6 — is being filmed for future broadcast on PBS stations around the country.

Kevin Kline is Cyrano de Bergerac.
Kevin Kline is Cyrano de Bergerac. Photo by Carol Rosegg

PBS' "Great Performances" will air the revival of the classic play, which stars Kevin Kline, Daniel Sunjata and Jennifer Garner. An air date, according to Cyrano producer Stewart F. Lane's office, has yet to be determined. A "Great Performances" spokesperson told Playbill.com Jan. 4 that Cyrano will likely air during the 2008-2009 "Great Performances" season.

Edmond Rostand's 1897 verse classic, featuring an adaptation by the late Anthony Burgess, began previews Oct. 12 and officially opened Nov. 1. David Leveaux directed the production that also stars 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.

Ensemble cast members for Cyrano are 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.

Cyrano de Bergerac, according to press notes, concerns "the soulful poet/philosopher and brilliant swordsman Cyrano (Kline), a cadet in the French Army, [who] falls for the beautiful, strong-willed Roxane (Garner), but is too ashamed of his large nose to tell her. Instead, when he learns that she loves the handsome Christian de Neuvillette (Sunjata), 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?"

The creative team includes scenic design by Tom Pye, costume design by Gregory Gale, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by David Van Tiegham. The Richard Rodgers Theatre is located at 226 West 46th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are available by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

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The "Great Performances" telecast of the recent revival of Company — starring Raúl Esparza as perennial bachelor Bobby — is scheduled for a Feb. 20 PBS broadcast.

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