Cyrano, the musical

Scope and Content

This series contains draft scripts, lyrics and scores for the musical.

For informal family photographs relating to the opening of Cyrano the musical at the Palace Theater in New York, see AB/ARCH/F: Photographic collection.

See also AB/ARCH/A/BER, Cyrano de Bergerac.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1971, Burgess's stage adaptation of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac opened at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minnaepolis. The producer, Richard Gregson, became convinced that a musical based on the Guthrie production could be successful and he set out in 1972 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 Theater in New York in May 1973 with Christopher Plummer in the title role: it went on to win numerous awards.

Access Information


Records described as being in a fair or poor condition are available to researchers in consultation with the Archivist.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The majority of records within this series are in a good condition, with the exception of one item.