Candide

September 17 – October 31, 2010 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 3 hours

  • "The best of all possible Candides" - Variety
  • "The best of all possible casts" - Timeout Chicago

Tony Award and MacArthur "Genius" Grant-winning director Mary Zimmerman's breathtaking new production of Candide is the theatrical event of the season.

Featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein with contributions from the greatest lyricists of the 20th century—from Stephen Sondheim to Dorothy Parker—this outrageous musical satire tells the story of the naïve Candide, who is banished for romancing the Baron's daughter only to be plagued by a series of absurd hardships that challenge his optimistic outlook of life and love. Candide will leave you enchanted.

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    Cunegonde (Lauren Molina) and Candide (Geoff Packard) discover their passionate love for one another.

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    Candide (Geoff Packard) is forced into exile by the Baron of Westphalia (Tom Aulino) as (clockwise l –r) the servant (Govind Kumar), Maximillian (Erik Lochtefeld), Cunegonde (Lauren Molina) and the Baroness (Rebecca Finnegan) look on.

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    Candide (Geoff Packard) is coerced into the Bulgarian army and quickly learns how to use a weapon.

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    Cunegonde (Lauren Molina) sings of the struggle between having it all and what it takes to get it.

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    Pangloss (Larry Yando) teaches his pupils that “all things are for the best in this ‘best of all possible worlds ’” as the servant (Govind Kumar) and Maximillian (Erik Lochtefeld) pay close attention.

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    Maximillian (Erik Lochtefeld) shows off his winning smile and impeccable wardrobe.

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    The Baroness (Rebecca Finnegan), a servant (Govind Kumar), Maximillian (Erik Lochtefeld), Paquette (Margo Seibert), Candide (Geoff Packard) and Cunegonde (Lauren Molina) gather for their afternoon lesson.

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    The Old Lady (Hollis Resnik) helps dress Cunegonde (Lauren Molina) as she expresses how to “Glitter and be Gay.”

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    After being separated for some time, Pangloss (Larry Yando) and Candide (Geoff Packard) are happily reunited.

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    (l to r) cunegonde (Lauren Molina) and Candide (Geoff Packard) are introduced to the Governor of Buenos Aires (Jonathan Weir).

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    Candide (Geoff Packard) and Cunegonde (Lauren Molina) are unexpectedly reunited after surviving various obstacles and hardships.

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    (l to r) The Governor (Jonathan Weir) tries to pursue Cunegonde (Lauren Molina) while the Old Lady (Hollis Resnik) looks on.

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    (l to r) Cacambo (Jesse Perez), Candide (Geoff Packard) and (bottom) Cunegonde (Lauren Molina) listen to the Old Lady (Hollis Resnik) as she recounts the tragedies of her life while travelling aboard ship to a New World.

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    (center) The Old Lady (Hollis Resnik) sings a tale of adapting to her surroundings wherever she may be.

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    Cunegonde (Lauren Molina) and the Old Lady (Hollis Resnik) sing of the joys of being a woman while two servants (Spencer Curnutt, Tom Aulino) look on.

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    (r to l) The Baron (Tom Aulino) strips Candide (Geoff Packard) of his royal clothing as he is forced out of Westphalia.

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    Candide (Geoff Packard), after being forced out of his home in Westphalia, is alone and left to fend for himself.

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    The Narrarator (Rebecca Finnegan) speaks of Candide’s time spent with the Bulgarian army and demonstrates the spoils of war.

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    Cacambo (Jesse Perez) and Candide (Geoff Packard) are introduced to the land of Eldorado where they encounter an abundance of wealth and an interesting heard of sheep.

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