Kline-Led Cyrano de Bergerac Concludes Broadway Run Jan. 6
By Adam Hetrick
The David Leveaux-helmed revival of Cyrano de Bergerac — starring Academy and Tony Award winner Kevin Kline in the title role — concludes its limited engagement Jan. 6.
Originally scheduled to end its Broadway run Dec. 23, 2007, Cyrano extended an additional two weeks through Jan. 6.
Edmond Rostand's 1897 verse classic, featuring an adaptation by the late Anthony Burgess, began previews Oct. 12, 2007, and took its opening bow Nov. 1. Cyrano will have played 55 regular performances and 21 previews when it closes.
The production broke the record for the highest-grossing performance of a play at the Richard Rodgers during its first week of previews. Cyrano would go on to shatter that record over 15 times during its run, ultimately breaking the record for earning the highest gross for a performance of a play or musical at the Rodgers.
Cyrano's panache will not fade forever: PBS' "Great Performances" filmed several performances of the production during its final week. An air date has yet to be determined, however, it looks likely to air during the 2008-2009 season of "Great Performances," according to a "GP" spokesperson.
Kline starred in the central role of the poetic Cyrano, with Jennifer Garner as the object of his unattainable desire Roxane, and Daniel Sunjata as the handsome cadet Christian de Neuvillette.
The Cyrano cast also featured Euan Morton as Ligniere, Max Baker as Ragueneau, Chris Sarandon as Comte de Guiche, John Douglas Thompson as Le Bret, Concetta Tomei as Roxane's Duenna, Tom Bloom as Montfleury, Peter Jay Fernandez as Carbon de Castel-Jaloux, MacIntyre Dixon as Jodelet and Carman Lacivita as Vicomte de Valvert.
Ensemble cast members for Cyrano included Nance Williamson, Piter Marek, Baylen Thomas, Daniel Stewart Sherman, Keith Eric Chappelle, Thomas Schall, Davis Duffield, Alexander Sovronsky, Lucas Papaelias, Fred Rose, Stephen Balantzian, Amefika El-Amin, Ginifer King, Kate Guyton and Leenya Rideout.
Cyrano de Bergerac, according to press notes, concerns "the soulful poet/philosopher and brilliant swordsman Cyrano (Kline), a cadet in the French Army, [who] falls for the beautiful, strong-willed Roxane (Garner), but is too ashamed of his large nose to tell her. Instead, when he learns that she loves the handsome Christian de Neuvillette (Sunjata), his dim-witted comrade, he pens poetry and love letters to Roxane on Christian's behalf. After many years, the truth is revealed. Will love or beauty conquer all?"
The creative team included scenic design by Tom Pye, costume design by Gregory Gale, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by David Van Tiegham.
The Richard Rodgers Theatre is located at 226 West 46th Street in Manhattan.
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