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.
"The play has stood the test of time with good reason — it's filled with beautiful, poetic language and vivid characters who only get more fascinating as we continue to see great actors take them on. I'm thrilled by the vision that Jamie Lloyd (who directed Doug in his tour-de-force performance of Inadmissible Evidence last year) has for Cyrano, and I think audiences are going to find themselves looking at this play in new ways."
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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