“Cyrano de Bergerac” shines on Broadway

Caroline Babula (’09)/ Eastside Staff and Ashley Drazen (’09)/ For Eastside

sdfdsfsdfsfdsfdNosing around New York City, the nose knows Cyrano de Bergerac is the show to see. This classic play recently had a ten-week run at the Richard Rodger’s Theatre on Broadway, starring Kevin Kline and Alias’ Jennifer Garner.

Playwright Edmond Rostand wrote Cyrano in 1897. The play revolves around Cyrano de Bergerac, a man with an uncommonly large nose, who is in love with his beautiful cousin, Roxane. She, however, is in love with the handsome Christian De Neuvillette, a member of Cyrano’s company. Cyrano and Christian scheme to become the brains and body, respectfully, of one man to win Roxanne’s heart. Not until the last scene does Roxanne realize that the dying Cyrano is the heart with which she is in love.

On Saturday, January 5, 2008 the penultimate performance was given. Literally starting with a bang, the characters and striking set emerged, captivating audience members. Each actor marvelously personified his or her character. Garner especially sparkled in her Broadway debut. Every comedic line was met with a laugh and at Roxane’s realization, tears built up.

On January 2, PBS’s Great Performances recorded the play to be broadcast and released on DVD later this year.