The National wrote a musical of ‘Cyrano de Bergerac,’ debuts this summer
The National have recently collaborated with theater writer/director Erica Schmidt for a new musical adaptation of the classic Edmond Rostand story Cyrano de Bergerac, which will take place at Connecticut's Terris Theatre, running from August 3 - September 2, 2018, as part of theater company Goodspeed's 2018 season. Here's Goodspeed's official synopsis:
The legendary romance about a proud and impassioned poet who ghost writes love letters is rekindled in a timeless and unconventional new musical. Cyrano agrees to woo his true love, Roxanne, on behalf of another in this classic tale of unrequited love. New music by members of the Grammy Award-winning indie alternative band The National drives this story of mistaken identity, selfless courage and buried desire.
According to Playbill, Cyrano will feature music from Aaron and Bryce Dessner, with lyrics from Matt Berninger and Carin Besser, and direction from Schmidt. Advance tickets for the musical will go on sale February 26.l
The National are set to appear at many festivals later in 2018, including Boston Calling, Barcelona's Primavera Sound, Washington's Sasquatch, and Shaky Knees in Atlanta. In April, they'll also be playing their own Homecoming Festival in Cincinnati. You can revisit tracks from their recent LP Sleep Well Beast, which made our top albums of 2017 list, below.