Originally scheduled to conclude performances at the Rodgers Dec. 23, Cyrano has now announced that Kline, Daniel Sunjata, Jennifer Garner and the remainder of the cast will play performances through Jan. 6, 2008. Edmond Rostand's 1897 verse classic, featuring an adaptation by the late Anthony Burgess, began previews Oct. 12 and took its opening bow Nov. 1.
The extension is a practical choice for producers, who in the face of the recent stagehands strike lost three weeks of performances of the strictly limited engagement. Audiences lost out as well — with a finite number of performances remaining, ticket demand soared as the Cyrano box-office sought to accommodate ticket-holders whose dates had to be rescheduled in lieu of the Broadway work stoppage.
Tickets for two-week extension go on sale Dec. 5 for the David Leveaux-directed 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.