Frank Wildhorn Penning New Cyrano Musical for Pimpernel Star

By Andrew Gans
14 Aug 2003

Douglas Sills
Douglas Sills

Ever-busy composer Frank Wildhorn is currently working on a new musical version of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac.

Wildhorn is penning the musical for the Tony-nominated star of his Scarlet Pimpernel, Douglas Sills.

Sills, who will star as Orin Scrivello D.D.S. in the upcoming revival of Little Shop of Horrors, told Playbill On-Line Aug. 13 that he hoped the show "will see the light of day [next] summer... It's a new musicalization of Cyrano by some very reputable people, Leslie Bricusse. Bricusse did book and lyrics, and music is by Mr. [Frank] Wildhorn."

Several composers have attempted to translate Rostand's classic love story into a musical. The most recent Broadway staging was Koen and Ad Van Dijk's Cyrano—The Musical, which played 137 performances at the Neil Simon Theatre in 1993. That version starred Bill van Dijk as Cyrano and Anne Runolfsson as Roxane.

Douglas Sills made his Broadway debut as Percy in Wildhorn's The Scarlet Pimpernel, earning Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations as well as a Theatre World Award for his performance. He starred in the Kennedy Center's mounting of A Little Night Music, the first national tours of The Secret Garden and Into the Woods and the Los Angeles premiere of Chess. A two-time Drama-Logue Award winner, Sills has appeared in numerous regional theatre productions, and his TV credits include "Murphy Brown," "Sisters," "Coach," and "Party of Five."



Frank Wildhorn is the composer of Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde, The Civil War and The Scarlet Pimpernel. His latest musical, Camille Claudel, is currently playing a pre-Broadway engagement at Goodspeed starring his wife, singer-actress Linda Eder.