Already closed | 2h 10m | Gramercy

Cyrano (The New Group)

From 112 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Romantic, Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining

About the show

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones") stars in this new musical version of the classic tale of unrequited love and ghostwritten letters. More…

From the show:

A raw and transporting new version of the classic tale of unrequited love and ghostwritten letters, Cyrano tells the story of a proud man who, believing himself unlovable, agrees to woo the woman he loves for another. With a charged contemporary immediacy to the language, this adaptation by Erica Schmidt (All the Fine Boys) mines this enduring, human story for its deep vein of heartbroken yearning, with haunting and compelling music by members of the Grammy Award-winning band The National and the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Peter Dinklage in the title role.

2h 10m | Already closed | Daryl Roth Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (112)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Romantic, Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining

68
Romantic, Slow, Disappointing, Good acting

See it if u want to see a stirring, witty perf by Dinklage (who's no singer!) in an otherwise lackluster & unnecessarily musicalized version of Cyrano

Don't see it if u expect a high-energy, swashbuckling version of Rostand's play or Cyrano's prominent proboscis; u hope to discover a memorable new score.

59
Quirky, Ineffectual music & lyrics, Disappointing, Insipid, Banal

See it if you are a Dinklage fan, love the story and don't expect too much from the direction or production.

Don't see it if you're counting on a nose, great music/lyrics, memorable songs, great direction. Repetitive music uses mostly five notes per boring song.

Also Dinklage is the heart of the play but his singing voice is poor. If ca... Read more Read less

60
Lacking depth, Slow, Great staging, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you are a Peter Dinklage fan and appreciate the Cyrano story in any form. Some exceptional staging but mostly I was bored.

Don't see it if you want to see a real love story with real, not cardboard, characters.

60
Great acting, Uneven, Disappointing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of The National. You enjoy plays with music more than traditional book-musicals.

Don't see it if You are a Cyrano purist and would not like to see large amounts of cuts in the source material.

Also "Never tell the one you love that you do... Read more Read less

69
Disappointing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you want to see Peter Dinklage and his great performance.

Don't see it if you want memorable, good music.

69
Disappointing, Dated, Great acting, Slow, Great staging

See it if you really like Dinklage or Jenner - they're both great. The director continues to have a great visual vocabulary.

Don't see it if You're hoping for anything new or relevant in Cyrano. The music doesn't add anything other than time.

65
Slow, Fluffy, Funny

See it if You would really like to see Peter Dinklage on stage in a singing role. It is a musical (surprisingly).

Don't see it if Need more than a few pop-like songs and are looking for a play. Nothing groundbreaking is happening.

Also I walked in expecting a play. My mistake. Peter is a great actor and t... Read more Read less

65
Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Overrated

See it if you like Dinklage and Jones from their other projects. Very cool to see them up close doing their thing

Don't see it if you like discomfortable seating and a slow show at times. Great acting, but slow

69
Awful lyrics, Weak staging, Disappointing

See it if You really need to see Peter Dinklage.

Don't see it if You want good music/lyrics. They were trite. Overall, very disappointing.

65
Indulgent, Great acting, Insipid, Cliched

See it if You like Peter Dinklage. You like a more intimate, original (musical) take on a classic play. Overall decent performances.

Don't see it if You dislike the torturous, tragic story. The weak lyrics/music detract from the story's believability, as does Dinklage's passable singing.

68
Creative staging, Great acting, Some great singing,, Badly scored, A mixed bag

See it if you must see Dinklage's powerful performance, or if you must hear anything by the National, whether it helps the show or not (It does not!)

Don't see it if you mind that the score is banal and repetitive and diminishes the play, or if you care that the setting is at times modern, but mostly not.

69
Clever, Intelligent, Confusing, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if The cast, as a whole, is great, and it was a treat to see Peter Dinklage. When they weren't singing, I was into it.

Don't see it if I love the National as a band. Their style does not translate to the theatre. Even with solid to great singers, it was just turgid.

Also I would love to see this cast do the play Cyrano. They rallied after e... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing

See it if The only reason to see is to see Peter Dinklage live. The basic plot of Cyrano without much heightened language, or love of language.

Don't see it if the music and lyrics don't suit the original script and they dumb down the show. It is language that wins our heart. This version doesn't.

Also I thought it was interesting that Cyrano's "nose" was used as a euphem... Read more Read less

During previews
64
Could be something with an overhaul, Disappointing, Poorly directed, Exhausting

See it if you're a fan of The National; you want to see a stellar cast doing its best with challenging material

Don't see it if you want songs that sound like they're from musicals; you want a show that knows what story it's telling; you want a lead that can sing

Also Ok, so this was the first preview, so maybe they'll work out some of t... Read more Read less

During previews
64
Sad, Slow, Resonant, Romantic, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a well-acted musical adaptation of the classic story of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical with big production numbers and a leading actor who is a great singer.

During previews
50
Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if You want to hear a beautiful score by The National. Jasmine Cephas Jones is stunningly gorgeous & her voice is beautiful. Enjoy New Group.

Don't see it if You want a great adaptation. The staging was the = of walking through really thick mud. Would rather have heard Matt Berninger sing Cyrano.

During previews
65
Forgettable music, Awkward, Slow

See it if You want to see any of the cast live, regardless of material, if you like the band The National

Don't see it if You want poetry, or cohesion, or a leading man who can sing

Also Clearly a ton of money has been spent securing a top notch creative te... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Banal, Slow, Cliched, Great acting

See it if You really enjoy any of the wonderful actors in it, as they all do their best with the material; you prefer a show with only slow songs.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals that breathe new life into the source material, are bored easily, or expect the entire cast to sing well.

Also (Note: I saw this show in previews; it’s possible they’ll make improve... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if You love Peter Dinklage and you absolutely have to see him on stage

Don't see it if Forgettable numbers, confusing direction, neither acting nor stage was great

During previews
55
Insipid, Banal, Romantic, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You love Peter Dinklage and Jasmine Cephas Jones who delivers some beautiful vocals.

Don't see it if You expect a compelling plot. Peter's singing leaves something to be desired but his acting is good, considering what he has to work with

During previews
68
Uninspired, Good acting, Disappointing

See it if you like Peter Dinklage, who is the always worth seeing; you like the Nationals. The supporting cast was mostly very good with nice voices.

Don't see it if you want more chemistry between the leads and you think the lyrics of the songs should be more interesting, considering the plot.

During previews
50
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if If you're a die-hard Peter Dinklage or The National fan.

Don't see it if If you truly love Rostand's version of Cyrano. If you're looking for a musical where the songs aren't one note and lack storytelling details

Also Huge missed opportunity. This Cyrano edited out some of the most famou... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You love Peter Dinklage and want to see great acting

Don't see it if Want an ending that is satisfying or songs/music that are interesting

During previews
50
Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if If you can get a discount ticket and like the composers type of music

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you are a Peter Dinklage fan because you will be very disappointed

Also I sat right next to the soundboard and was fascinated how the engineer... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Banal, Quirky, Ambitious, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you're a big fan of Peter Dinklage, Blake Jenner, Jasmine Cephas Jones, or any of the rest of the cast.

Don't see it if you hope to see a truly relevant musical version of Cyrano with a good book and score.

Also I'm a Dinklage fan and was excited about seeing this. He acts the heck... Read more Read less


November 7th, 2019
"Peter Dinklage Tackles ‘Cyrano’ Without the Nose: The Emmy-winning 'Game of Thrones' star shows off his abundant charisma in a lachrymose musical adaptation of Rostand’s classic."
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November 7th, 2019
3/5 Stars "It’s hard to fall in love with this confounding production...Schmidt has excised all the poetry...Most of the full-fledged numbers stop the show dead in its tracks...Yet Dinklage makes you care...Schmidt has elicited a captivating performance from this wonderfully expressive actor."
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November 7th, 2019
"A Cyrano Without the Nose? Even If He Sings?"
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November 7th, 2019
"Peter Dinklage stars as the heartsick poet convinced his appearance rules out love in this musical adaptation of the 1897 classic, with an original score by members of rock band The National."
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