Theater Latté Da is presenting a touching new musical version of Edmond Rostand’s late 19th century play of unrequited love, Cyrano de Bergerac, titled C., at the Ritz Theater. Bradley Greenwald’s book and lyrics and Robert Elhai’s music capture the very perimeters of courtship and expression of love countenanced during the era. Greenwald also plays Cyrano in a memorable performance that is intermittently robust and tender. His typically splendid voice is in top form, as are all the voices on stage.
C. can actually refer to Cyrano’s name or that of his rival, Christian, for the love of Roxane. Cyrano agrees to write secret love letters to her on behalf of Christian, who himself is not poetic. A kind of exercise in self-negation. David Darrow’s Christian is dynamic and Kendall Anne Thompson is a lovely vision of maidenly love. The rigid social and gender roles make for a bittersweet ambience. Directed with sensitivity by Peter Rothstein, with fine music direction by Jason Hansen.
Though Apr. 24
Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE., Minneapolis