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Cyrano and FriendsKyle Soller (left), Clémence Poésy, and Douglas Hodge in Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac.

Spotlight On: Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac


Cyrano (Douglas Hodge) is a nobleman with a head for poetry and a nose for miles. All of Paris adores him except for his true love, Roxanne (Clémence Poésy), who can’t see past his all-too-prominent facial feature. Instead, she falls for a handsome young cadet named Christian (Kyle Soller). But when Christian admits he’s tongue-tied with Roxanne, 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?


Spotlight on: Cyrano de Bergerac (play revival)
Opening Night - October 11 2012
Final Performance - November 25 2012
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  • The enduring popularity of Edmond de Rostand’s play is responsible for the introduction of the word “panache” into the English language.
  • The title character was a real-life 17th-century French dramatist and duelist named Hercule-Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac who wrote one of the early modern classics of science fiction. He was known for his prominent nose, which has grown in size to become a legendary literary attribute, thanks to Rostand.


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This 1897 French comedy by Edmond Rostand, written entirely in rhymed couplets, has been staged on Broadway more than a dozen times since the year after it was written. Broadway has seen at least three separate musical adaptations of Cyrano, and it has inspired numerous films, including Steve Martin’s Roxanne. This version was a translation by Ranjit Bolt.


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