CYRANO DE BERGERAC starring DAVID SERERO opens this month in New York.
This will be the first time in theater history that a native French actor, David Serero, will play Cyrano de Bergerac’s title role in America in english language. David Serero, born in Paris, has won large success and critical acclaim on New York stages for the last seasons portraying iconic roles such as Shylock (Merchant of Venice), Othello’s title role, Barabas (Jew of Malta), King Lear (Yiddish King Lear by Jacob Gordin), Nabucco, Don Giovanni and more.
“This is a dream come true for me. I remember when I was a child and was reciting the verses of Cyrano (in french at that time) in my school. Many years later, I’m honored to bring this amazing play, which is for me the most beautiful love story ever, to the greatest city in the world for Theater and Entertainment: New York” said Serero.
David Serero will be the first French actor to play Cyrano de Bergerac in English in the United States. Originally written in French by Edmond Rostand, the play will be adapted in English by David Serero himself “After reading most of the translations available, I realized that they were all lacking of the French original style of Rostand, deviating more and more from the original one. It became evident for me to write a new adaption closer to the original. As I always do in my shows, I will bring this Classic to modern audiences without losing the eternal modernity of this character and adding my touch of champagne!” added Serero. Besides this fresh take, David Serero will also feature Jazz standards within the play “Cyrano is Jazz! It’s my way to bring both of the French and American cultures together. It’s a marriage that I dearly love, the perfect combination.”
2018 is a perfect year to play Cyrano as it is the 150th anniversary of the playwright Edmond Rostand as well as the 100th of his death. Serero will perform in Paris on June 30th for the official Edmond Rostand 2018 celebration and his anniversary. Thomas Sertillanges, founder of cyranodebergerac.fr and president of Festival Edmond Rostand 2018 welcomes the idea that a French actor plays and adapts this French classic to American audience and thus with Jazz standards.
Plot summary: Hercule Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, a cadet (nobleman serving as a soldier) in the French Army, is a brash, strong-willed man of many talents. In addition to being a remarkable duelist, he is a gifted, joyful poet and is also a musician. However, he has an extremely large nose, which causes him to doubt himself. This doubt prevents him from expressing his love for his distant cousin, the beautiful and intellectual Roxane, as he believes that his ugliness would prevent him the "dream of being loved by even an ugly woman."
For the closing performance of Cyrano of April 22nd, David Serero will celebrate his 37th birthday but also his 20th year on stage as an actor and singer.
The cast includes: David Serero (Cyrano), Mary Albert (Roxane), Andrew Erwin (Christian), Cesar Munoz (De Guiche), Gordon Gray (Ragueneau), Bradley J. Behrmann (Le Bret), Isaac Cruz (Ligniere), Elena du Pisanie (Duenna), Cameron Addicott (Valvert), Benjamin Culpepper, Shawn Chang. The production is directed and adapted by David Serero.
Cyrano de Bergerac will play April 12th (3pm), 15th (7pm - Premiere), 17th (8pm), 19th (8pm) and 22nd (7pm - Closing night) at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York NY 10011. Presented by the American Sephardi Federation. Tickets: cyranodebergerac.bpt.me or 1.800.838.3006.
DAVID SERERO (Cyrano de Bergerac)
Actor and baritone, David Serero, has received international recognition and critical acclaim from all over the world. At only 36 years old, he has already performed more than 1,200 concerts and performances throughout the world and played in over 100 films and recorded 20 albums. He has given concerts in Paris at the PARIS OPERA GARNIER, OLYMPIA, EIFFEL TOWER; in New York at the LINCOLN CENTER, CARNEGIE HALL, TIMES SQUARE; in London at the ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC, WEMBLEY STADIUM; and in Moscow at the TCHAIKOVSKY HALL; in Amsterdam at the CONCERTGEBOUW, the BUDAPEST OPERA conducted by PLACIDO DOMINGO and more. He made his sold out WEST END debuts at the Dominion Theatre. He has sung more than 30 lead roles in Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater. In 2012, David Serero performed Don Quixote from MAN OF LA MANCHA in Paris and the title role from the revival of Duke Ellington's only musical: BEGGAR'S HOLIDAY and also starred in the cast album recording. In 2013, David performed with JERMAINE JACKSON in YOU ARE NOT ALONE, a musical written, directed and produced by David Serero. He has also produced and arranged I WISH YOU LOVE an album of Jazz standards for Jermaine Jackson. In December 2013, David shared the cover of Theatre & Performances with Barbra Streisand in London, and made his BROADWAY solo debut at the Snapple Theatre in New York and released his first studio album ALL I CARE ABOUT IS LOVE. In 2014, he released The Broadway Baritone featuring Broadway classics and toured in the UK with a performance on WEST END. During the summer 2014, he recorded the entire love letters's correspondence of NAPOLEON to Josephine and released his new studio album THE CROONER BARITONE, The FRANK SINATRA Classics for the 100th anniversary of Sinatra. In 2015 and 2016, he played Off Broadway the lead roles of SHYLOCK (MERCHANT OF VENICE) and OTHELLO's title role with both critical acclaim. In 2015, he performed two open air concerts on TIMES SQUARE (New York) for BEST OF FRANCE with the presence of the French President Mr Francois Hollande. He released SEPHARDI, an album of Sephardic music in Ladino language and records the title role of RICHARD III in French. In 2016, he releases ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU, a Pop Rock album, entirely composed, performed, arranged and produced by himself. He also played NABUCCO (Nabucco) in New York; and the title roles of DON GIOVANNI and RIGOLETTO at the CARNEGIE HALL. In 2017, David entered the prestigious WHO'S WHO AMERICA for demonstrating outstanding achievements in the entertainment world and for the betterment of contemporary society. In the summer 2017, he releases BARITONE OPERA ARIAS, singing opera classics such as Toreador (Carmen) and from operas Tosca, Nozze di Figaro, Fanciulla del West and Barbiere di Siviglia.
Among his performances in New York for the season 2017/2018 are title roles of CYRANO DE BERGERAC (Rostand), DON GIOVANNI (Mozart), BARABAS (Marlowe's Jew of Malta), Hermann (World Premiere adaptation of the Queen of Spades) and KING LEAR (Jacob Gordin's The YIDDISH KING LEAR).
In American Television, he has appeared in: The Hunt with John Walsh (CNN), Mysteries at the Museum (Travel Channel), Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall (NBC), Six Degrees of Murder (Discovery Channel), Checked Out, On The Case with Paula Zhan (Discovery ID), Rabid Beast (Animal Planet TV), Suddenly Rich (TLC TV), Whistleblowers (Spike TV), Blood Feuds - Gangs of New York (Discovery Channel), Pandora’s Box (Discovery ID), We Are New York WANY (New York TV), Quantico (ABC).
In American Films he starred in Alice in America, Tango Shalom, Winter Has No Sun, Most Beautiful Island, Paisanos in Paris, Following Phil, Terminal 5, Sheepshead, Again, Overload Rock or Die, The Redemption, Kingdom of the Alley, Ring Ring, Laundry Day, Capicola, Make it Work, There Will Come Soft Rains, Amarena, When I Sing, Hatikvah.
He starred in several commercials for Sotheby's & eBay, Bank of America, Don Julio Tequila, Khiel's, Volkswagen, BJ's, Pepsi, Mitsubishi Cars and more. Full biography on www.davidserero.com
MARY ALBERT (Roxane)
Mary is a recent graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA NY) where she majored in Musical Theater. She has performed in several productions with the Poppyseed Players at Merkin Hall, she was most recently seen as Judy in Judy and the Maccabees. Mary was born and raised here in NYC where she performed in various productions in and around NYC throughout her childhood. She also participated in the Metropolitan Opera Children's chorus for 12 years. Mary is thankful for this opportunity and thrilled to be here!
ANDREW ERWIN (Christian)
Andrew was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai'i. He attended Santa Clara University where he majored in Theatre and took a minor in Physics. Recent performances include the role of Tunny in a sold-out run of Green Day's American Idiot at City Lights Theater (San Jose). Other favorite roles include Duarte (The River Bride), Wickham (Pride and Prejudice) and Fireman (Working: The Musical). Andrew currently resides in New York City where he is continuing his film and theater career.
CESAR MUNOZ (De Guiche)
Cesar Munoz is thrilled for the opportunity to play the villain for once! A Mississippi native, Cesar has been fortunate enough to work with productions throughout the southern U.S. , Boston, and New York City. Cesar was previously seen in FringeNYC’s “Reconciling” and Soho Playhouse’s “Bill W. And Dr. Bob”. Cesar would like to extend his gratitude to the team of Cyrano De Bergerac, his fellow artists, and his houseplants.
GORDON GRAY (Ragueneau/Montfleury)
Gordon is happy to be appearing as Ragueneau/Monfleury in Cyrano. A road warrior, he has done 15 national tours in the past 20 years. Favorites include Herr Schultz in Caberet, Pop Carnes in Oklahoma, Max in Sound Of Music, and Santa in Elf. Most recently he was Mnsr.O'Hara in Sister Act. Formerly a professor of Theatre at Barnard College, he is co-author with Isy Monk, and director of the PBS teleplay We Ain't What We Was.
BRADLEY J. BEHRMANN (Le Bret)
Bradley J. Behrmann is celebrating his Off-Broadway & New York debut! Graduated from Lawrence University and MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University. Actor-writer-educator who is eager to be on the front lines of creating new works of American musical theatre. Regional favorites: Titanic (Charles Clark), Parade (Britt Craig), The Secret Garden (Dr. Craven), The Tempest (Sebastian).
ISAAC CRUZ (Ligniere)
Isaac Cruz is nineteen, was born in Valley Stream and recently graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Isaac is making his Off-Broadway debut as Lignière in Cyrano de Bergerac. He is a classically trained character actor who has performed in many Shakespearean competitions and won a best actor award for his portrayal of Hamlet at the Hofstra Shakespeare Festival. He would like to thank David Serero for giving him this opportunity and hopes everyone enjoys the show!
ELENA DU PISANIE (Duenna)
Elena du Pisanie is a South African actress and model. She has been acting from a very young age and had the privilege of being in many theatre productions in South Africa during her childhood and her teenage years. In 2016 she made the big move from South Africa to New York to study acting at the New York Film Academy. After completing her studies, She has been in various productions and independent short films, including a short film that had it's world premiere at Sundance this year. She is very excited to be in this Off Broadway production of Cyrano De Bergerac!