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
76
Avg Score

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.

78
Slow, Funny, Romantic, Great singing, Resonant

See it if You like beautiful music with resonant voices. You are a fan of Peter Dinklage You like Cyrano

Don't see it if You like great lyrics. You are a fan of big productions.

49
Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You would enjoy Dinklage's witty and intriguing take on a lovelorn Cyrano.

Don't see it if you enjoy a musical journey that feels necessary. The piece suffered horribly because of a slow and anticlimactic plot point and sad music.

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

80
Fabulous staging!, Music - gotta love "the national", Witty in its jokes and acting, Not a "musical", nor a "play" - acted-out poetry, New rendition of cyrano - don't come with pre-defined notions

See it if You can explore and enjoy a performance that works counter to your expectations; Peter Dinklage & Jasmine Cephas Jones & Ensemble

Don't see it if You can't find access to the music by "The National"; you trip over and get angry at the downsides of this production (like some critics).

Also We (group of 4) read many of the reviews that came out against this Cy... Read more Read less

40
Overrated, Excruciating, Insipid, Cliched, Banal

See it if You want to see Mr. Dinklage, in-person . . . . giving it his all, in an attempt to compensate for all the mistakes and make this play work.

Don't see it if You seek a theatre experience that has the actors, staging, costumes, and music cohesively combined.

Also The costuming was on the level of a low budget, high-school production... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see and hear brilliant acting and vocals. Or if you're a fan of music by The National.

Don't see it if you don't like smaller theaters.

100
Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Peter Dinklage shows that he is really gifted and talented actor! He made this play very enjoyable on a small stage. Fantastic actor!

Don't see it if you don't like off Broadway shows.

84
Great writing, Riveting, Great acting, Intense, Romantic

See it if This is a fresh, updated script, with minimalist, but effective staging. The acting is really good.

Don't see it if This is not Edmund Rostand's original. The cast is small. Not much scenery.

97
Intense, Great acting, Great singing, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if This has been one if the best shows ive seen in the past year

Don't see it if -

100
Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you wanna see a true love story and feel all emotions

Don't see it if you don't like a good love story

During previews
81
Entertaining, Touching, Great story, Great acting, Beautiful music

See it if Great memorable music. Great acting, mostly great singing. Wonderful classic story. Clever staging/choreography.

Don't see it if I can see some will consider it light & maybe fluffy. I really enjoyed it.

Also Would have liked to have a song list. Many catchy beautiful tunes, tha... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic

See it if Cyrano in musical or see Peter Dinklage with other great cast.

Don't see it if you want dislike musical or want traditional story (no singing).

Also I like this musical, for I like the music and singing very much. As o ... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Romantic, Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Great staging

See it if You love the story of Cyrano, no matter what form it takes.

Don't see it if You’d be turned off by a dirge-like, unmemorable score with a lead who is by no means a natural singer, no matter his other talents.

During previews
82
Refreshing, Romantic, Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if A new take on an old story with Peter Dinklage and Jasmine Cephas Jones. Sort of a musical with a romantic story, and war thrown in.

Don't see it if You expect a big budget musical. Peter’s baritone mellows with time. Can be a little slow at times.

Also Ms. Jones of Hamilton fame is outstanding. I sensed chemistry between ... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Dinklage resonates in simplified script with music

See it if Brisk retelling of Cyrano features Peter Dinklage with no nose prosthesis, but with a voice deeper than you would expect. Bland music.

Don't see it if Blake Jenner has a nice voice, a very pretty Christian. Almost prettier than Jasmine Cephas Jones's Roxanne. A first Cyrano for newbies.

During previews
83
Romantic, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if Peter Dinklage gives a heart-breaking performance. An old story told in a new way. Asks the question, what would you do for love?

Don't see it if The music was only so-so. While the singers were fine, the music was not memorable. Dinklage is not a singer. But I forgive him.

During previews
75
Slow, Romantic, Quirky, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if See note

Don't see it if See note

Also An attempt at re-envisioning a classic. Peter Dinklage as Cyrano excel... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Somewhat diverting, Indulgent, Uneven, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you love Peter Dinklage, Jasmine Cephas Jones, and/or the idea of Cyrano reinvented as a slightly dark musical.

Don't see it if you can’t make it through the first 20 intensely boring minutes. The middle 80% of this is entertaining.

Also This was a lot less fun than I like my Cyrano to be.

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
81
It’s not about the nose

See it if You’re a fan of Peter Dinklage. He’s terrific here.

Don't see it if You hate adaptations of classics.

Also Many wonderful elements make this show worth seeing, even if they don’... 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
45
Insipid, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Just bad ... go to experience Peter Dinklage.

Don't see it if Skip it

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.


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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