Stage and screen stars Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan narrated the Philadelphia Orchestra's symphonic staging of Candide, performed June 20–22 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The production served as the culmination of the orchestra's multi-year centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein.
The Tony and Oscar nominees joined a company that includes opera vets Alek Shrader in the title role, Erin Morley as Cunegonde, and Denyce Graves as The Old Lady.
The production, directed by Kevin Newbury and conducted by Philadelphia Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, set the operetta in the early 1990s, drawing inspiration from such titles as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The scholarly Candide is now a bookish nerd, and Cunegonde is head cheerleader.
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