Mais Oui! Broadway's Cyrano, With Douglas Hodge, Clémence Poésy, Patrick Page, Brandishes Its Rapier Sept. 14

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14 Sep 2012

Douglas Hodge
Douglas Hodge
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Clémence Poésy, Patrick Page, Bill Buell, Kyle Soller and more join Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge in the new Broadway production of Edmond Rostand's romantic verse drama Cyrano de Bergerac, starting Sept. 14 at Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre.

Jamie Lloyd directs the translation by Ranjit Bolt. Previews lead to an Oct. 11 opening.

Hodge, who won the Tony as Best Actor in a Musical for playing the recent revival of La Cage aux Folles, plays 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") makes her Broadway debut as Roxane, Broadway vet Patrick Page (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Lion King) plays Comte De Guiche. The cast also boasts Max Baker (Le Bret), Bill Buell (Ragueneau), Geraldine Hughes (Duenna & Marthe), Kyle Soller (as stumbling lover Christian), Samuel Roukin (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. The design team includes Soutra Gilmour (sets and cCostumes), Japhy Weideman (lights), Dan Moses Schreier (sound), Charlie Rosen (music).

Douglas Hodge and Clémence Poésy are appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association.

Clémence Poésy
photo by Carole Bellaiche

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?"

Hodge was recently directed by Lloyd in a sold-out run in John Osborne's play Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse in London, for which he received an Olivier nomination. Lloyd was associate director of the Donmar from 2008 to 2011. His recent theatre credits include The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic); She Stoops to Conquer (National, Olivier Theatre); The Faith Machine and The Pride (Royal Court; Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement for The Pride).



Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, going online at roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines box office at 227 W. 42nd Street.