This production of Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand, will feature a translation by Ranjit Bolt, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
The cast will also feature Max Baker (Le Bret), Bill Buell (Ragueneau), Geraldine Hughes (Duenna & Marthe), Kyle Soller (Christian), John Behlmann (Valvert ), Peter Bradbury (Carbon de Castel-Jaloux), Mikaela Feely-Lehmann (Claire), Andy Grotelueschen (Montefleury & Friar), Frances Mercanti-Anthony (Amélie, Lise, Mother Marguérite), Tim McGeever (Lignière), Drew McVety (Man #2), Ben Steinfeld (Musketeer).
Cyrano de Bergerac will begin previews on September 14, 2012 and open officially on October 11, 2012 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This will be a limited engagement through November 25, 2012.
The design team includes Soutra Gilmour (Sets & Costumes), Japhy Weideman (Lights), Dan Moses Schreier (Sound & Original Music).
Douglas Hodge and Clémence Poésy are appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. Roundabout Theatre Company gratefully acknowledges Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.
An enduring masterwork with some of the wittiest lines ever written for the stage, Cyrano de Bergerac is a clever and touching story about the power of love, the art of wordplay and the joy of finding what you’ve always wanted right under your nose. Cyrano's a nobleman with a head for poetry and a nose for miles. All of Paris adores him except for his true love Roxane, who can’t see past his all-too-prominent facial feature. Instead, she falls for a handsome young cadet named Christian. But when Christian admits he’s tongue-tied with Roxane, 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?
Written by French poet-dramatist Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac wasfirst produced at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Paris on December 28, 1897 and had an American premiere on Broadway at the Garden Theatre on October 3rd 1898.
Douglas Hodge was most recently seen on Broadway in La Cage aux Folles and received a Tony® Award for his performance as “Albin.” Last season, Hodge was directed by Jamie Lloyd in a sold out run in John Osborne’s play Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse in London, for which he received an Olivier nomination.
Director Jamie Lloyd was Associate Director of the Donmar from 2008 to 2011. Jamie Lloyd's recent theatre credits include The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic); She Stoops to Conquer (National, Olivier Theatre); The Faith Machine and The Pride (Royal Court; Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement for The Pride).
The biographies of the principals are after the cut:
DOUGLAS HODGE (Cyrano) is the consummate British actor who took New York by storm with his Tony award-winning (and Olivier award-winning) performance as "Albin" in La Cage Aux Folles. It was hilarious and electrifying, and he truly ignited the NY scene. Douglas has also had an incredible career on the London stage (from “Nathan Detroit” in Guys and Dolls to numerous productions of works by Shakespeare and Pinter), and on film and television (from Ridley Scott's Robin Hood to several leading roles in classic BBC dramas). Douglas also starred in John Osborne’s play Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse in London, in which he received an Olivier nomination and delivered a tour-de-force performance for a sold out run. He most recently wrapped the independent film Serena, directed by Susanne Bier, in Prague opposite Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and will next shoot Caught In Flight, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, opposite Naomi Watts, and Kevin Asch’s Affluenza in NY. Douglas is currently directing Torch Song Trilogy for the Menier Chocolate Factory in London.
CLÉMENCE POÉSY (Roxane). Theater: Tartuffe (Director Juliette Vilcour), Picasso 970 (Dir. Sylvie Gasteau), Mai 45 Mai 95 (Dir. Etienne Guichard), Le Dragon (Dir. Guichard). Film includes: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1&2, Dir. David Yates), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Dir. Mike Newell), 127 Hours (Dir. Danny Boyle), In Bruges (Dir. Martin McDonagh), Mr. Morgan’s Last Love (Dir. Sandra Nettlebeck), Jeanne Captive (Dir. Philippe Ramos). TV includes: “Gossip Girl”, “Birdsong” (BBC1), “Richard II” (BBC 2), “War and Peace” (Lux Vide), “Gunpowder Treason & Plot” (BBC), “Les Amants Du Flore” (Arte France).
PATRICK PAGE (Comte De Guiche). Broadway credits include creating the roles of Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark and The Grinch in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, three years as Scar in The Lion King and three years as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. Other Broadway credits include Henry VIII in A Man For All Seasons (Outer Critics nom) opposite Frank Langella, Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar (withDenzel Washington), Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (standby for Roger Daltrey), and multiple roles in The Kentucky Cycle. Recently appeared as Max Detweiler in the Carnegie Hall benefit concert of The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway he has appeared in Richard II directed by Steven Berkoffat The Public Theatre, The Duchess of Malfi at Red Bull, and the title role in Rex at the York Theatre. Patrick is an Associate Artist with The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and The Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC: roles at those theatres include Macbeth in Macbeth opposite Kelly McGillis, and Iago in Othello opposite Avery Brooks (Helen Hayes Award), Claudius in Hamlet, Cyrano in Cyrano De Bergerac (Craig Noel Award) Jeffrey Cordova in The Bandwagon (Craig Noel Award), Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Pogo Poole in The Pleasure of His Company. Patrick’s other regional credits span 25 years, beginning with six years as leading actor for The Utah Shakespeare Festival. Since then he has played major roles at The Long Wharf, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pittsburg CLO, Pioneer Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, ACT, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, and many others. Patrick’s Film and TV credits include The Good Wife, All My Children, One Life to Live, Law and Order SVU, The Mystery of Matter, and The Substance of Fire. He is the recipient of The Princess Grace Award, The Utah Governor’s Medal for the Arts, and the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre. Patrick is married to actress and TV host Paige Davis.
MAX BAKER (Le Bret). Max played Ragueneau in the last production of Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway, and recently appeared in Jerusalem both on Broadway and London’s West End. Also: Mother Courage and Her Children for the Public (Shakespeare in the Park) and Howard Katz (Roundabout). Off B'way: Abigail's Party, Comedians, What the Butler Saw, Goose-Pimples (New Group). Film: Newlyweds, Revolutionary Road, Constantine, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Island, Life or Something Like It, The Time Machine, Bailey's Billions, Nice Guy Johnny. TV includes: “Medium,” “Fringe,” “NYPD Blue,” "L&O,” “L&O SVU" "3rd Rock,” “Talk To Me". Max is a playwright and founding member of the NY indie band Eelwax Jesus.
BILL BUELL (Ragueneau). Bill Buell has appeared on Broadway in Equus, The History Boys, Inherit the Wind, Urinetown, 42nd Street, Titanic, Tommy, Taking Steps, Big River, Annie, Once a Catholic, The First, Welcome to the Club, The Miser, and Anna Karenina. His Off-Broadway credits include The Fourth Sister, Eight Days Backwards (Vineyard Theatre); Andorra, Waste (Theatre for a New Audience); Bad Habits, Aristocrats (Manhattan Theatre Club); Queens Boulevard (Signature Theatre Company); Kin, On the Bum, Violet-concert (Playwrights Horizons); The Mysteries, The False Servant (Classic Stage Company); Picasso at the Lapine Agile, The Common Pursuit. With The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park: Tartuffe, The Winter’s Tale, and Twelfth Night. Film and television credits include Across the Universe, Spy Game, Welcome to the Dollhouse, The Love Letter, Requiem for a Dream, Quiz Show, Palindromes, Kinsey, Dark Water, The Box; “Boardwalk Empire”, “30 Rock”, “Blue Bloods”, “The Bronx Is Burning”, “John Adams”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “The Jamie Kennedy Experience”, “Law & Order”, “Ed”, “100 Centre Street” and “Cosby”.
GERALDINE HUGHES (Duenna & Marthe). Geraldine Hughes is originally from West Belfast, Northern Ireland and a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television. Hughes received the Los Angeles Ovation, Garland and Drama Critics Circle Awards and a Drama League Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance for her solo play Belfast Blues, which she also wrote. She most recently was seen in the West End production of Jerusalem opposite Tony award winner Mark Rylance after performing in the Broadway production this past year. Other theatre credits include: Molly Sweeney (Irish Repertory Theatre), Pumpgirl (MTC), Translations (MTC), Orson’s Shadow, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Weir, The Architect. Television includes: “Nurse Jackie”, “Mercy”, “The Good Wife”, “Law and Order CI”, “Law & Order SVU”, “Law & Order”, “Murder, She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle”, “ER”. Film includes: Gran Torino, Rocky Balboa and the upcoming Dead Souls.
KYLE SOLLER (Christian). Kyle trained at RADA. Theatre credits include: Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Apollo Theatre); The Faith Machine Winner of the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2011, Nominated for the Dewynters London Newcomer of the Year Award, Whatsonstage.com Awards 2012 (Royal Court Theatre); The Government Inspector Winner of the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2011, Nominated for the Dewynters London Newcomer of the Year Award, Whatsonstage.com Awards 2012(The Young Vic); The Glass Menagerie Winner of the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2011, Nominated for the Dewynters London Newcomer of the Year Award, Whatsonstage.com Awards 2012 (The Young Vic); The Talented Mr Ripley (Northampton Royal Theatre); The Glass Menagerie (Shared Experience); Found In The Ground (The Wrestling School); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe/Tour); Ice Cream (Royal Court Theatre); The Beautiful People (Finborough Theatre). Film credits include: Anna Karenina (Working Title Films).
JOHN BEHLMANN (Valvert). John Behlmann was seen most recently as McPhee in the world premiere of John Guare’s Are You There, McPhee? at the McCarter Theater. In New York, he starred in Maria Aitken’s Tony-winning production of The 39 Steps, and last appeared on Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of Journey’s End. Other New York credits include Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC); Ghosts (Pearl); Eager to Lose (Ars Nova). Regionally he has appeared at the Bay Street Theater, Shakespeare Theater Co., Denver Center Theater Co., Magic Theater, Portland Center Stage, Guild Hall, NYSAF, Baltimore Theater Project, Eastman Theater. Films include Revolutionary Road, Pretty Bird, and the recently wrapped the indie feature Lies I Told My Little Sister. TV: “The Good Wife”, “3 Lbs.”, “All My Children”, “Guiding Light”. Other: Voice of Neptulon in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, spokesman for Dairy Queen. John is also a trapeze artist and Co-Artistic Director of NYC aerial theater company Fight or Flight. MFA: National Theatre Conservatory (Denver). BA: Wesleyan University.
PETER BRADBURY (Carbon de Castel-Jaloux). Broadway: That Championship Season, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Norman Conquests, A Man for all Seasons, Present Laughter, Hedda Gabler, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, The Herbal Bed. Off-Broadway: The City Club, Break of Noon , The Overwhelming , Tricks the Devil Taught Me , Snakebit , Bulrusher , Passion Play, Milk , Back from the Front , Surviving Grace , A Late Supper . Regional: Extensive. TV: “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO), “Unforgettable”, (CBS) “Sally Hemings” (CBS), “Rubicon” (AMC), “Law & Order”, “L&O: CI” (NBC), “Rescue Me” (FX). Proud dad of Emma and Grace.
MIKAELA FEELY-LEHMANN (Claire). Theater: The New York Idea (Jacqueline, Atlantic Theater Company), Gabriel (Lily/Estelle (Understudy), Atlantic Theater Company), West Lethargy (Nugget, 59E59/Edinburgh Fringe Festival/Fringe NYC), The Illusion (Elicia/Lyse/Clarina), NYU-Tisch Mainstage/Anya Saffir), Twelfth Night (Feste/Malvolio, MBCT), The Cherry Orchard (Ranevskaya, Atlantic Theater Co. Acting School/Joe Ward), The Women (Miss Myrtle, ATC Acting School/Michael Barakiva), Unrequited (Imogen/Helena, Public Theater Shakespeare Lab/Barry Edelstein), Measure for Measure (Isabella, Metamorphoses Productions), The Children’s Hour (Rosalie Wells, Rep Stage). Film: One Last Question (Vanessa, Justin Sullivan), Drifters (HotINK Reading) (Danni, Eric LaPlante), March Hare (Sylvie, Eric LaPlante), The 47th Floor (Betty Luft, Stonestreet Studios/Alyssa Bennett), Banana Pancakes (Stacy, NYU Intermediate TV Project), Never Leave College (Librarian, NYU Advanced TV Project).
ANDY GROTELUESCHEN (Montefleury & Friar). Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre for a New Audience), Fiasco Theater's Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience, Barrow Street Theatre), Henry V (The Acting Company). NY Theatre: Twelfth Night (Fiasco Theater), Balm in Gilead, Monstrosity (13P), The Scariest (Exchange Theatre), The Amazing Ted Show! (Ars Nova). Regional: The Servant of Two Masters (Yale Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre), Henry V (Guthrie Theater), The Moliere Impromptu, A Moon for the Misbegotten (Trinity Repertory Company). Fiasco Theater company member. Training: BA from Marquette University, MFA from Brown University/Trinity Rep.
FRANCES MERCANTI-ANTHONY (Amélie, Lise, Mother Marguérite). Broadway: Don’t Dress for Dinner, Jerusalem, Spring Awakening. Off-Broadway: Mr. Marmalade. Off-Off Broadway: The Marriage Play, I Heart Kant. Comedienne, voice over artist, activist and renegade librarian at The People's Library at Occupy Wall Street.
TIM MCGEEVER (Lignière). Tim McGeever returns to the Roundabout a fourth time with Cyrano de Bergerac. Previously he appeared in The Common Pursuit at the Laura Pels and Don’t Dress for Dinner and Les Liaisons Dangereuses, both at the American Airlines. Off-Broadway credits include Chaucer in Rome (Lincoln Center), The White Devil (BAM), Lifegame (Improbable UK), Tartuffe (The Public), Fully Committed (Cherry Lane). Tim played Zazu on the national tour of Disney's The Lion King. He has worked with many NYC companies and over 20 regional theaters. Tim trained at Juilliard and is originally from Indiana.
DREW MCVETY (Man #2). Broadway: Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park with George (Roundabout), Spamalot (Shubert), Frozen (MCC Circle in the Square), Big River (Roundabout, Special Tony Award), Titanic (Original Cast), The Heidi Chronicles (Original Cast). First national tour: Cabaret, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Off-Broadway: Lone Star Love (Houseman), Corpus Christi (MTC; Drama Desk nomination); This Lime Tree Bower (American premiere, Primary Stages), The Substance of Fire (LCT), Twelfth Night, A Doll's House (Public Theater/Acting Company), Rosemary for Remembrance (Atlantic Theater), Red Memories (Circle Rep), The Heidi Chronicles, Substance of Fire (Playwrights Horizons), Pericles, Spyz (Workhouse), Tiny Mythic/Here, Lincoln Center Director's Lab, New York Stage and Film. Regional: Civil War Christmas, (Long Wharf) Lone Star Love (Seattle Fifth Ave. Pre-Broadway tryout), Scapin (Portland Stage), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Pittsburgh Public), Fathers and Sons (Long Wharf), I Hate Hamlet, Reckless (Fulton Opera House). Television: “Unforgettable”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Law & Order: CI”, “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd”, Soaps. Film: The Boundary Man, Henry's Crime, New York Summer Project, Red Herring. Lucky husband of actress Nicole Van Giesen, proud father of Duncan Gray and Shaw Kirk.
BEN STEINFELD (Musketeer). Ben Steinfeld has previously appeared on Broadway as Monroe in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. His Off-Broadway credits include playing Iachimo/Arviragus in Fiasco Theater's Cymbeline, which he also co-directed, at the Barrow Street Theatre and Theatre for a New Audience (2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award - Best Revival), and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at The Public Theater. He has acted in everything from Shakespeare and Shaw to musicals and world premieres at regional theaters throughout the country including: Center Theatre Group, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Portland Center Stage, Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble, and many shows with Trinity Repertory Company. He will be featured opposite Christopher Plummer and Benjamin Walker in the upcoming HBO movie Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, directed by Stephen Frears. Other TV/Film work inlcudes: "Law & Order: CI", "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon", and Grandfather Films' The Jew of Malta. Ben is a co-founder/artistic director of Fiasco Theater, and a proud graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program.
EDMOND ROSTAND (Playwright) b. Apr. 1, 1868, d. Dec. 2, 1918, was a French dramatist whose plays represent the final flowering of the 19th-century romantic tradition. His greatest work, Cyrano de Bergerac (1897; Eng. trans., 1898), was a dazzling popular success and remains a worldwide favorite to this day. Its hero, marred by an enormous nose, rises heroically above his bodily defect in scenes of unparalleled verve, wit, and pathos. One of Rostand's earlier works, The Romancers (1894; Eng. trans., 1899), has been adapted as the highly successful musical comedy The Fantasticks. His other plays include L'Aiglon (The Eaglet, 1900), a sentimental account of the life of Napoleon I's ill-starred son, and Chantecler (1910), in which all the characters are animals. In 1910, Rostand became the youngest writer to be elected to the Académie Française. He died a victim of the widespread influenza epidemic of 1918.
RANJIT BOLT (Translator). Order of the British Empire (OBE) (born 1959) is a British playwright and translator. He was born in Manchester of Anglo-Indian parents and is the nephew of playwright and screen-writer Robert Bolt. His father is literary critic Sydney Bolt, author of several books including A preface to James Joyce, and his mother has worked as a teacher of English. Bolt was educated at The Perse School and Oxford University, and worked as a stockbroker for eight years but “I was desperate to escape, any escape route would have done, and translating turned out to be the one.” As well as his theater work he has published a novel in verse, Losing It, a book on translation: The Art of Translation, and a verse translation for children of the fables of La Fontaine, The Hare and the Tortoise. He was awarded the OBE in 2003 for services to literature. Asked about his approach to translating plays, he has said: “I try to follow the rule laid down by perhaps the greatest translator of all, John Dryden, who maintained that a translator should – and I paraphrase – make the version as entertaining as possible, while at the same time remaining as faithful as possible to the spirit of the original.” Bolt has translated or adapted many classic plays into English, most of them into verse. Work includes: The Liar (Old Vic, 1989) from Le Menteur by Pierre Corneille; The Illusion (Old Vic, 1990) from L’Illusion Comique by Pierre Corneille; The Sisterhood, from Les Femmes Savantes by Molière(Chichester Festival, 1991; Round House, Washington DC, 1993); Lysistrata (Old Vic, 1993); The Venetian Twins (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1993); Le Cid (Royal National Theatre, 1994); Tartuffe (Royal National Theatre, 2002; Oregon Shakespeare, 2005); The Miser (Chichester Festival, 1995); Oedipus Rex and Oedipus At Colonus (Royal National Theatre, 1996); The School for Wives, (West End 1996, Utah Shakespeare 2008); The Misanthrope (West End, 1998; Arena Stage, 2002; Merry Wives, the Musical, (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2006); The Waltz of the Toreadors, by Anouilh(Chichester Festival, 2007).
JAMIE LLOYD (Director). Recent theatre credits include The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic); She Stoops to Conquer (National, Olivier Theatre); The Faith Machine, The Pride (Royal Court; Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement for The Pride), Inadmissible Evidence, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Passion, Polar Bears (Donmar; Evening Standard Award for Best Musical for Passion), Piaf (Donmar, also Vaudeville/Teatro Liceo, Buenos Aires/Nuevo Teatro Alcala, Madrid; Hugo Award for Best Director, Clarin Award for Best Musical Production, ADEET Award for Best Production); The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick), Three Days of Rain (Apollo), The Lover and The Collection (Comedy) and Elegies: a Song Cycle (Arts) in the West End; Salome (Headlong); Eric's (Liverpool Everyman) and The Caretaker (Sheffield Crucible and Tricycle). His future projects include The School for Scandal (Theatre Royal, Bath) and Cyrano de Bergerac (Roundabout/American Airlines Theatre, Broadway). Jamie was Associate Director of the Donmar from 2008 to 2011. He is the Associate Artist of Headlong.