New York's Roundabout Theatre is getting ready to launch what promises to be a wonderful production of Cyrano de Bergerac, arguably one of the greatest love stories ever written for the stage. And even if you don't care for that lovey-dovey stuff, and you are turned off by the size of Cyrano's nose, you should at least bow down before the wit of playwright Edmond Rostand who not only weaves a brilliant tale of humor, romance, and tragedy but does it all within the constraint of rhymed couplets!
The Roundabout Theatre production stars Douglas Hodge in the title role. (Broadway fans may know his work from his Tony award winning performance in La Cage aux Folles). In a video on Roundabout's Youtube Channel, Hodge explains that their take on Cyrano is "outrageous and sort of the punk version." The video also gives you a sneak peak at the set design, created by the esteemed Soutra Gilmour. However, if you can't wait until September 14th (when the previews begin) or if you are like me and you live 2000 miles away from Broadway, you can whet your appetite by revisiting the original text with one of the most masterful monologues in the play.