By Kenneth Jones
04 Jun 2012
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Roundabout Theatre Company will present the new production of the French classic by Edmond Rostand in a translation by Ranjit Bolt starting Sept. 14 at American Airlines Theatre. Jamie Lloyd, former associate artistic director of Donmar Warehouse, directs.
The limited engagement through Nov. 25 will officially open Oct. 11.
A full cast and design team will be announced. Roundabout Theatre Company artistic director Todd Haimes explained the genesis of the project in a June 4 statement: "This production of Cyrano de Bergerac sprang from my desire to work with Doug Hodge. Doug is an incredibly skillful and highly-trained actor, and what we all saw him do in La Cage aux Folles was only a glimpse into his immense talent. We both wanted his return to Broadway to be in the kind of classic role and play that offer a worthy challenge.Cyrano is certainly a play that demands range from the title character, jumping from wordplay and swordplay to romance and tragedy in short order.
Roundabout billed the 1897 verse classic this way: "A enduring masterwork with some of the wittiest lines ever written for the stage, Cyrano de Bergerac is a clever and touching story about the power of love, the art of wordplay and the joy of finding what you've always wanted right under your nose. Cyrano's a nobleman with a head for poetry and a nose for miles. All of Paris adores him except for his true love Roxanne, who can't see past his all-too-prominent facial feature. Instead, she falls for a handsome young cadet named Christian. But when Christian admits he's tongue-tied with Roxanne, Cyrano gives him the romantic words guaranteed to win her heart. With Christian's looks and Cyrano's language, it's a foolproof plan! Or is it?"
British actor Hodge won the Best Actor Tony Award for playing crossdressing diva Albin in La Cage aux Folles. In the past year, he starred in Jamie Lloyd's production of John Osborne's Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse in London; he received an Olivier nomination for his turn. Hodge is appearing in Cyrano with the permission of Actors' Equity Association.
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