Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Second Chance: Broadway's Cyrano Revival On PBS

Second Chance: Broadway's Cyrano Revival On PBS

If you weren't able to catch the mostly captivating 2007 Broadway revival of Edmond Rostand's classic Cyrano de Bergerac, you'll have your opportunity this evening when PBS broadcasts the David Leveaux-helmed translation from Anthony Burgess as part of its "Great Performances" series.

The main attraction here is clearly Kevin Kline. Regular readers may recall that I singled out his extraordinary turn in the title role for high praise in my November 6, 2007 SOB Review:
Kline firmly centers the show with his nuanced and understated performance that's breathtaking to behold. Seemingly without effort, he manages one of those rare spine-tingling feats of the stage...
While I wasn't exactly enamored with Jennifer Garner's Broadway debut, I still gave the show three out of four stars, as well as props to the film and television actress for her critically important final scene. And in a bit of serendipity, the actress just became a mother yet again just yesterday.

With Kline's "Great Performance" in mind, I would certainly recommend this for your viewing pleasure. PBS' "Great Performances" is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. EST, but be sure to check your local television listings.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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