Goodman Theatre's Candide Extends Before Opening; Special Events Announced

News   Goodman Theatre's Candide Extends Before Opening; Special Events Announced
Chicago's Goodman Theatre has extended the run of Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman's upcoming production of Candide by a week, due to high demand for tickets. The production of Leonard Bernstein's comic operetta, originally scheduled to close Oct. 24, will now run through Oct. 31.

The Goodman has also announced three special events connected with the production. On Sept. 24, a "Glitter and Be Gay" night will allow Chicago's LGBT community the chance to attend a pre-show reception (6-7:30 PM) with music director Doug Peck and cast members. Peck will discuss his work on the show and offer audience members a sneak peek at the music before the 8 PM performance begins. Tickets are $75 (including reception and performance).

Sept. 29, the Goodman will host an Artists Talk pre-show discussion (6-7 PM), featuring author and theatre critic Jonathan Abarbanel, music director Peck, and cast members Geoff Packard (Candide), Lauren Molina (Cunegonde) and Hollis Resnik (Old Lady). Tickets to the event are $10 ($5 for subscribers and students).

Cast members will perform music from the show Oct. 4 at 7:30 PM as part of the "Monday Night Live" series at Petterino's (150 North Dearborn Street), a restaurant in the heart of Chicago's theatre district. A $15 minimum is required; reservations are recommended. Call (312) 422-0150.

According to Goodman notes, the musical, based on Voltaire's satiric novel, "chronicles, in lightning-fast progression, the story of a young man banished from his home, drafted into the Bulgarian army and forced to endure relentless disaster. Voltaire’s satiric genius is found in Candide’s earnest attempts to trivialize the tragedy and uphold the contention of his mentor, Dr. Pangloss, that all things happen for the best in this ‘best of all possible worlds’. Although Candide’s journey is described with humor, Voltaire raises serious questions: How can mankind deal with disaster without surrendering to despair? Can optimism prevail in a world that frequently seems randomly cruel? How is survival itself possible in an environment that often gleefully refutes Pangloss’s hopeful axiom?"

As previously reported, the show's cast will include Geoff Packard in the title role of Candide; Lauren Molina as his love, Cunegonde; Chicago's Larry Yando as Pangloss, Candide's tutor; Hollis Resnick as the Old Lady; Chicago's Jonathan Weir as the Governor; Erik Lochtefeld as Maximillian; Margo Seibert as Paquette; Jesse Perez as Cacambo; and Tom Aulino as Martin. Ensemble members include Spencer Curnutt, Rebecca Finnegan, Govind Kumar, Rob Lindley, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Emma Rosenthal, Thomas Adrian Simpson, Joey Stone, Tempe Thomas and Joseph Tokarz. Candide has music by Leonard Bernstein, a book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler, lyrics by Richard Wilbur, and additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein.

The Goodman is located at 170 North Dearborn Street in Chicago. For tickets to Candide or the show-related events that take place at the Goodman, call (312) 443-3800 or visit

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