If you're one of those people who immediately visits a website as soon as you come across a new URL, please step away from the screen. Take your hand off the mouse and step away from the screen. Okay, now, Long Island's BroadHollow Players presentation of the new musical by BT McNicholl and Tom Haydock called, (don't do it) Cyrano.Com is set to close on Oct. 22. The show began its run Sept. 30.
Loosely based on the Rostand classic, Cyrano de Bergerac, Cyrano.Com merges the story onto the information superhighway ala "The Shop Around the Corner" to "You've Got Mail". In this variation, a love triangle occurs between a man, a woman, and a computer.
BroadHollow's Managing Director Richard T. Dolce directed this world premiere at the Bethpage theater. Sandra A. Vigliotti musically directed.
To visit Cyrano.Com, at the BroadHollow Theater, 200 Stewart Ave., on Long Island, dial up the box office at (631) 581-2700. For more info on Broadhollow and their entire season, view their website at www.broadhollow.org.
(Incidentally, if you try to find this show's info at 'cyrano.com,' you will fall into the same trap TV and movie fans fall into when trying to find their faves at 'friends.com' and 'shaft.com'. The site has nothing to do with the show.) *
Broadhollow artistic director Patricia Zaback has a lot on her hands trying to fill out the season of the company's three-theatre season. With the help of managing director Richard T. Dolce and the rest of her staff, they announce the Millennium Season that includes some classics, like The Sound of Music, Mame and Funny Girl. More contemporary works, such as As Bees in Honeys Drown and Moon Over Buffalo are also included. And, Broadhollow is also premiering an original musical called Cyrano.Com.
Starting the season at the BayWay was Smoke and Mirrors, a mystery-comedy by Will Osbourne and Anthony Herrera that centers around the production of a multi million dollar movie. Following that was the doo-wop teeny-bop sock-hop musical, Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey and Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna's Bermuda Avenue Triangle, the OB comedy about a Las Vegas love triangle. Mame, the classic Jerry Herman musical, and Murder at the Howard Johnson's a murder-mystery-comedy by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick and a special holiday presentation of Annie will end the season.
West of the BayWay is the Players' Bethpage home, the self-titled Broadhollow Theatre. This season began with Barrymore, the play about legendary actor John Barrymore by William Luce. Next -- in perhaps the most notable venture of the season -- came the new musical debut of Cyrano.Com, a show loosely based on Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac with a Little Shop of Horrors feel. After that, Douglas Carter Beane's As Bees in Honey Drown makes its way to Long Island as Broadhollow presents the story of a young writer who journeys through self discovery -- after being hooked by a con-artist. The final two productions of the season here are What The Rabbi Saw, a slapstick pre wedding farce by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, followed by :Ú –;X*ds, a mu18 l by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick about the struggle of a Jewish family to make their way in the business world.
At the Centre Stage Theatre at Rockville Centre's Molloy College, the Broadhollow Players opened with The Sound of Music followed by the Smoke and Mirrors that started at BayWay. Running now is the Arthur Miller hit, that was recently revived on Broadway, A View From the Bridge about a man who opens his house to Italian immigrant relative and is torn when one of them wants to wed his daughter. If you miss the BayWay run, you could still catch Mame at the Centre. Ending the Rockville runs will be the backstage farce by Ken Ludwig, Moon Over Buffalo.
There's plenty to choose from in the Broadhollow buffet, and you can make your reservations by calling (631) 581-2700. A rundown of the entire season to come and the theatres they play at follows:
Cyrano.Com (Sept. 30 - Oct. 22) - BroadHollow Theatre
A View From the Bridge (Oct. 14-29) - Centre Stage
Mame (Oct. 14 - Nov. 5) - BayWay Arts Center
As Bees in Honey Drown (Nov. 4-26) - BroadHollow Theatre
Murder at the Howard Johnson's (Nov. 11 - Dec. 3) - BayWay Arts Center
Annie (Dec. 9-23) - BayWay Arts Center
What The Rabbi Saw (Dec. 9 - Jan. 7) - BroadHollow Theatre
Mame (Jan. 14-28) - Centre Stage
The Rothschilds (Jan. 20 - Feb. 11) - BroadHollow Theatre
Moon Over Buffalo (March 10-25) - Centre Stage
The BayWay Arts Centre is located at 265 East Main St in East Islip, the BroadHollow Theatre is at 200 Stewart Avenue in Bethpage, and the Centre Stage is at Molloy College 1000 Hempstead Ave in Rockville Centre.
--by Ernio Hernandez