In 1971, Burgess's stage adaptation of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac opened at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minnaepolis. The producer, Richard Gregson, became convinced that a musical based on the Guthrie production of Cyrano de Bergerac could be successful, and set out in late 1971 to produce Cyrano, the musical. Michael Langham was to direct the musical, Burgess write the script and lyrics, and Michael Lewis to compose the music. The Broadway musical opened at the Guthrie in the early spring of 1973 and at the Palace Theatre in New York in May 1973 with Christopher Plummer in the title role: it went on to win numerous awards.
See also AB/ARCH/A/BER, Cyrano de Bergerac.
This series contains draft scripts and lyrics for the musical and a brief music score.
Source: "A Clockwork Counterpoint: the Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess" by Paul Phillips (Manchester University Press, 2010)