Cyrano: The Musical, an English-language Dutch musical that reached Broadway in 1993, will have its German-language, German premiere at the open air Freilichtspiele in Schwaebisch Hall, near Stuttgart, Germany. The musical, opening July 28, will be performed on the 54 steps of the St. Michael Cathedral on the market square of the town during the festival, which runs from June 16-Aug. 15.
Cyrano was written by Ad van Dijk (music) and Koen van Dijk (lyrics) and is based on the play "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand. The show had its Dutch premiere in Amsterdam Sept. 17 1992. It became the first and only Dutch musical ever to have played on Broadway; it opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on Nov. 21, 1993 and played 175 performances. Both productions were directed by Eddy Habema and starred Bill van Dijk as Cyrano.
The cast of the German production will include Reinhard Brussmann (Les Misérables in Germany) as Cyrano, Sona McDonald (Salzburger Festspiele) as Roxane and Martin Berger (Miss Saigon in Germany) as Christian. The production will be directed by Helmut Schorlemmer, with Scott Lawton (Chicago in Vienna and Berlin) as musical director. Curt Werner has penned the German translation.
There is an original Dutch cast recording of the musical available on Indisc, and a symphonic version by the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra was released in 1993 on JE Music. No Broadway cast recording was ever released.
The German version of Cyrano: The Musical will open July 28, 1999 and play in daily repetory, except mondays, until Aug. 15, 1999. Tickets are on sale via 49.791.751.600 -- by Maxim Bezembinder