Leveaux to Direct Cyrano de Bergerac Revival; Kline and Garner May Star

News   Leveaux to Direct Cyrano de Bergerac Revival; Kline and Garner May Star A revival of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac will arrive on Broadway in the fall.

Kevin Kline
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A casting notice reveals that Nine's David Leveaux will direct the romantic classic about the lover-warrior with a heart as big as his unsightly, overlong nose. The production, which will begin performances in October, will feature a translation and adaptation by Anthony Burgess.

According to the casting notice, the roles of Cyrano, Roxane and Christian have already been cast.

The New York Post also reports that Tony Award winner Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner — of TV's "Alias" — are currently in negotiations to play the roles of, respectively, Cyrano and Roxane. The New York daily says that the ten-week run will play the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

Broadway has welcomed numerous productions of Cyrano as well as a few attempts to musicalize the work. Among the many actors who have donned the silly putty that is Cyrano's nose are Derek Jacobi, Robert Symonds, José Ferrer and Walter Hampden.

David Leveaux has directed nine Broadway revivals: The Glass Menagerie, Jumpers, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Betrayal, The Real Thing, Electra, Anna Christie and A Moon for the Mibsegotten. He was Tony-nominated for his direction of Moon for the Mibegotten, Anna Christie, The Real Thing, Nine and Jumpers. The versatile Kline is known for his work both on stage and screen. He recently starred in the title role of Off-Broadway's King Lear and also played in Mother Courage and Her Children and The Seagull for The Public Theater. Kline was Tony-nominated for his stint in Broadway's Henry IV and and won Tonys for his work in The Pirates of Penzance and On the Twentieth Century. The Juilliard graduate has appeared in the films "Sophie's Choice," "Dave," "In & Out," "Soapdish," "De-Lovely," "The Big Chill," "The Ice Storm" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Kline won the Academy Award for his performance in "A Fish Called Wanda."

Jennifer Garner won a Golden Globe Award for her work in "Alias"; she has also been nominated for four Emmy Awards for her portrayl of Sydney Bristow on that television series. Her other screen credits include "Catch and Release," "Elektra," "13 Going on 30," "Daredevil," "Catch Me If You Can," "Felicity," "Rennie's Landing," "Pearl Harbor," "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "Time of Your Life." Garner made her Broadway debut in the 1995 revival of A Month in the Country; she was the understudy for the roles of Katya and Verochka.