Broadway Star Puts 'Lion King' on Hold to Perform in Utah

Broadway Star Puts 'Lion King' on Hold to Perform in Utah

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Carole Mikita ReportingWhen Broadway calls, most actors jump at the chance. But Patrick Page has put the Great White Way on hold to come to Utah.

The role of Cyrano de Bergerac comes to an actor once in a lifetime and for Patrick Page the time is now. Except for the fact that he is supposed to be on Broadway playing 'Scar' in 'The Lion King'.

Patrick Page, 'Cyrano de Bergerac': "I called the Disney people and said, you know, is there any chance that I could make my entrance into the Broadway company a little bit later? And they said they would work on it and they did work on it and they made it happen and so, here I am."

Patrick Page is no stranger to Broadway. Critics first noticed him in 1993 and then praised his charming "Lumiere" in 'Beauty & the Beast". And he has become a favorite here. Starting in 1984 at the Utah Shakespearean Festival he made a particularly cunning 'Richard III'

But Cyrano is the role he has wanted and waited for...

Patrick Page: "For me, it's probably the greatest challenge I've had as an actor, ever. It goes from the most heart-breaking moments to farce to comedy."

Bringing Cyrano to life is Page's long-time dream. Born in Oregon and now a New York City resident, Page says being back in Utah feels a bit like home, but if the role, or should we say, the nose fits...

"Cyrano de Bergerac" opens tonight at Pioneer Memorial Theatre at the University of Utah and runs through Oct. 11th.

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