Though film and stage actor, Liam Neeson, told television interviewer Larry King in Nov. 1996 that he'd be playing Cyrano de Bergerac at Broadway's Roundabout Theatre in fall 1997, the deal did not happen. Instead, Frank Langella, the star of this season's Present Laughter, will instead play the big-nosed tragicomic hero of Edmund Rostand's play. Not only that, he's adapting and directing Cyrano de Bergerac as a chamber piece for ten actors, to go into the Roundabout's Off-Broadway space, The Laura Pels (where All My Sons currently plays). According to spokespersons for the Roundabout Theatre, artistic director Todd Haimes and Langella have been discussing such a project for five years. Cyrano is to open in November.
Roundabout spokesperson Erin Dunn told Playbill On-Line (May 12) that the rest of the Roundabout season would be announced at the end of May.