Mary Zimmerman's Candide Arrives at the Huntington Theatre Company Sept. 10 | Playbill

News Mary Zimmerman's Candide Arrives at the Huntington Theatre Company Sept. 10
Geoff Packard and Lauren Molina search for the best of all possible worlds in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's sprawling staging of the Leonard Bernstein operetta Candide, which begins performances Sept. 10 at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston.

Lauren Molina and Geoff Packard
Lauren Molina and Geoff Packard Photo by Liz Lauren

Zimmerman's adaptation of Candide premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago early last fall in a co-production with Washington, DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company, where it arrived in late November.

Zimmerman (Metamorphoses) has expanded the scope of the musical to incorporate more material from the original Voltaire novel. Candide officially opens Sept. 21 and will continue through Oct. 16.

The Huntington production reunites many players from the original engagements, including Helen Hayes Award winners Packard in the title role and Molina (Ten Cents a Dance, Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages) as Cunegonde. Also returning in principal roles are Larry Yando as Pangloss and Erik Lochtefeld as Maximilian.

The Boston company also includes Cheryl Stern (Old Lady), McCaela Donovan (Pacquette), Tom Aulino (Baron), Spencer Curnutt (Sailor), Alexander Elisa (Inkeeper), Rebecca Finnegan (Baroness), Evan Harrington (Orator), Abby Mueller (Orator’s Wife), Jeff Parker (Anabaptist), Jesse Perez (Cacambo), Emma Rosenthal (Bird), Cheryl Stern (Old Lady), Timothy John Smith (Governor), Joey Stone (Soldier), Tempe Thomas (Queen of El Dorado), Travis Turner (Servant) and swings Tom Hamlett and Shonna McEachern.

Candide has music by Bernstein, book by Hugh Wheeler, lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John LaTouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Bernstein. The creative team includes Doug Peck (musical direction), Daniel Pelzig (choreography), Dan Ostling (scenic design), Mara Blumenfeld (costume design), Timothy J. Gerckens (lighting design) and Richard Woodbury (sound design).

According to the Huntington, "The quick-paced story follows the young Candide, living on his Baron uncle’s manor estate and studying the philosophy of Dr. Pangloss, who teaches that everything happens for the best. When Candide and the Baron’s daughter Cunegonde fall in love and are discovered, they are cast out into the world. The audience takes a satirical ride with the pair through adventures and misfortunes that test their seemingly undoubting optimism."

Phone (617) 266-0800 or visit Huntington Theatre Company.

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