A new production of the 19th century classic, "Cyrano de Bergerac" debuts on Broadway courtesy of the Roundabout Theater Company. NY1's Roma Torre filed the following review.
Douglas Hodge returns to Broadway in a far different role from the chanteuse in drag in "La Cage Aux Folles." He sports a much bigger nose now as that famed swashbuckling poet Cyrano de Bergerac. But he brings the very same poignant intensity to the performance. Yet another dazzling star turn in a revival passes the smell test with flying colors.
Edmond Rostand's rhyming classic of unrequited love was written more than a century ago. The translation by Ranjit Bolt preserves its breadth of passion, action and humor with a slight contemporary spin. Directed by Jamie Lloyd with welcome energy and insight, the experience for me of watching "Cyrano" for the umpteenth time is as fresh and invigorating as ever.
The Roundabout's production is a collaborative dream. Sets, costumes and lighting evoke 17th century France with embracing authenticity.
And it's expertly acted. Clemence Poesy brings an endearing quirkiness to that object of desire, fair Roxane. As her young suitor Christian, Kyle Soller possesses the requisite headstrong cockiness of first love.
Patrick Page is simply world-class. Direct from "Spider-Man," he lends his silken baritone to the rival Comte de Guiche; and I eagerly await the one fine day when he is cast as the iconic Cyrano.
But for now the role belongs to Douglas Hodge and he is nothing short of masterful. Embodying all of Cyrano’s excesses — his panache, his brilliance as a poet, and his tremendous insecurity as a man blind to his own greatness. Hodge explores every inch of this iconic character right down to his soulful core.
As the story goes, Cyrano becomes a surrogate wooer for Roxane’s affections, and he proves to be a most capable seducer. This production has the very same effect on its audience. By the time Cyrano makes his final entrance, the seduction is complete and we are hopelessly smitten.