George Street Playhouse | New Brunswick, New Jersey | February, 2010
A new musical by Barry Wyner, winner of the Jerry Bock Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre
Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall
Calvin Berger is a modern-day Cyrano — stressed out about a nose he can’t hide and a girl he can’t get. With a creative little scheme, some geeky charm and eloquent words, he goes to great lengths to have the star jock deliver his love struck letters. But what if the girl of his dreams was right under his nose all along…(Read more at georgestreetplayhouse.org.)
“Wyner is a new musical theater writer who shows tremendous promise. In contrast to the darker side of teenagers discovering love in Spring Awakening, Calvin Berger is deliberately cheery, wholesome and fun for the whole family. It deserves to have a life considerably longer than the nose on his face.”
“If all of this reminds you of another C. B., Cyrano de Bergerac, you are right on target. The talented Mr. Wyner, who wrote the book, music and lyrics for Calvin Berger, took his inspiration from the 19th-century classic by Edmond Rostand.”
- The New York Times
“Composers ranging from America's Victor Herbert in 1899 to Holland's Ad Van Dijk (whose Broadway version eked out 175 showings in 1993) have attempted — and failed — to create a successful Cyrano musical. Now, using only the scarcest whiff of Rostand's swooning romance, composer-lyricist-book writer Barry Wyner has concocted a cheerful little winner in Calvin Berger."