By Kenneth Jones
06 Aug 2012
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, going online at roundabouttheatre.org or at the Studio 54 box office (254 W. 54th Street).
Drood, the Tony Award-winning English Music Hall-style show based on Charles Dickens final, unfinished novel, won 1986 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score. Rupert Holmes (Curtains, The Nutty Professor, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Say Goodnight Gracie, "Remember WENN") wrote the book, music and lyrics. The new staging by Scott Ellis will begin preview performances on Oct. 19. Opening night is Nov. 29 at Studio 54 at 254 W. 54th Street.
The cast includes Tony winner Chita Rivera (The Rink) as Princess Puffer, Tony winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer) as Chairman, Stephanie J. Block (Anything Goes) as Drood, Will Chase ("Smash") as John Jasper, Gregg Edelman (City of Angels) as Reverend Mr. Crisparkle, 2012 Tony nominee Jessie Mueller (On a Clear Day…) as Helena Landless, Betsy Wolfe (Encores! Merrily We Roll Along) as Rosa Bud, Andy Karl (Legally Blonde the Musical) as Neville Landless, Nicholas Barasch as Deputy, Peter Benson (Wonderful Town, Harvey) as Bazzard, Robert Creighton (Anything Goes) as Durdles, Alison Cimmet (Baby It's You!), Jim Walton (Guys and Dolls, Merrily We Roll Along) and more. Warren Carlyle choreographs. The show is famous for allowing he audience to vote on whodunnit, leading to alternate endings.
Clémence Poésy, Patrick Page, Bill Buell, Kyle Soller and more will join Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge in the new Broadway production of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, Roundabout Theatre Company.
Jamie Lloyd directs the translation by Ranjit Bolt. Previews will begin Sept. 14 prior to an Oct. 11 opening at the American Airlines Theatre.
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Hodge, who won the Tony as Best Actor in a Musical for playing the recent revival of La Cage aux Folles, was previously announced to play the title character, Cyrano, the nobleman with poetry in his heart but an ugly nose that gets in his way.
Paris-born Poésy (Fleur Delacour in the "Harry Potter" movies, Eva Coupeau in "Gossip Girl") will make her Broadway debut as Roxane, Broadway vet Patrick Page (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Lion King) will play Comte De Guiche. The cast also boasts Max Baker (Le Bret), Bill Buell (Ragueneau), Geraldine Hughes (Duenna & Marthe), Kyle Soller (as stumbling lover Christian), John Behlmann (Valvert ), Peter Bradbury (Carbon de Castel-Jaloux), Mikaela Feely-Lehmann (Claire), Andy Grotelueschen (Montefleury & Friar), Frances Mercanti-Anthony (Amélie, Lise, Mother Marguérite), Tim McGeever (Lignière), Drew McVety (Man #2), Ben Steinfeld (Musketeer).
This will be a limited engagement through Nov. 25.
Here's how Roundabout bills the 1897 French classic: "An 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 Roxane, 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 Roxane, 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?"