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?
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.