Casting Complete for NYCO's Candide; Gillett, Jackson and Samuel Join Cast

News   Casting Complete for NYCO's Candide; Gillett, Jackson and Samuel Join Cast
 
Complete casting has been announced for the New York City Opera's upcoming production of Candide, which will be presented at the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center April 8-20.
Daniel Reichard
Daniel Reichard Photo by Dirty Sugar Photography

As previously announced, recent Jersey Boys star Daniel Reichard will star in the title role with Broadway and City Opera veteran Judith Blazer as The Old Lady, The Producers' Richard Kind as Dr. Pangloss/Voltaire, Jessica Wright (Broadway's LoveMusik, Company and Sweeney Todd) as Paquette, baritone Kyle Pfortmiller as Maximillian and Lauren Worsham and Lielle Berman, who will share the role of Cunegonde. They will be joined onstage by Christopher Jackson (Lion), Peter Samuel (Huntsman), Robert Ousley (Baron), Eric Michael Gillett (Don Issachar), William Ledbetter (Don 2) and John Paul Almon (Don 3).

Performance dates have also been announced for Worsham and Berman: Worsham will play Cunegonde April 8, 10, 12 (matinee), 13 (matinee), 16, 18, 19 (evening) and 20 (matinee); Berman will play the role April 9, 11, 12 (evening), 15, 17 and 19 (matinee).

Arthur Masella will direct the Harold Prince production with choreography by Patricia Birch. George Manahan will conduct the orchestra. The staging will also feature sets by Clarke Dunham, costumes by Judith Dolan, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Abe Jacob.

Candide features music by Leonard Bernstein, a book by Hugh Wheeler, lyrics by Richard Wilbur with additional lyrics by Bernstein, John Latouche and Stephen Sondheim.

New York City Opera performances take place at the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center (63rd Street and Columbus). For tickets visit www.nycopera.com or call (212) 721-6500.

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