"The best of all possible Candides"
– VARIETY

September 17 – October 31, 2010 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 3 hours

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.

 

 
Artists

Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Book Adapted from Voltaire by HUGH WHEELER, Lyrics by RICHARD WILBUR
Additional Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM, JOHN LATOUCHE, LILLIAN HELLMAN, DOROTHY PARKER and LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Directed and Newly Adapted from Voltaire by MARY ZIMMERMAN

Cast

TOM AULINO - Baron, Martin and others
SPENCER CURNUTT - Sailor and others
REBECCA FINNEGAN - Baroness, Vanderdenur and others
GOVIND KUMAR - Servant and others
ROB LINDLEY - Anabaptist, Captain and others
ERIK LOCHTEFELD - Maximillian and others
LAUREN MOLINA - Cunegonde
TRACY LYNN OLIVERA - Orator's Wife and others
GEOFF PACKARD - Candide
JESSE J. PEREZ - Soldier, Cacambo and others
HOLLIS RESNIK - Old Lady
EMMA ROSENTHAL - Bird and others
MARGO SEIBERT - Paquette and others
THOMAS ADRIAN SIMPSON - Innkeeper, Schoolteacher and others
JOEY STONE - Soldier, Senor and others
TEMPE THOMAS - Queen of El Dorado and others
JOE TOKARZ - Orator, Grand Inquisitor and others
JONATHAN WEIR - Soldier, Governor and others
LARRY YANDO - Pangloss
RYAN LANNING WAITE - Swing
JEFF PARKER - Swing
CHRISTIN BOULETTE - Swing

Creative Team and Crew

DANIEL PELZIG - Choreographer
DANIEL OSTLING
 
- Scenic Design
MARA BLUMENFELD  - Costume Design
T.J. GERCKENS - Lighting Design
RICHARD WOODBURY - Sound Design
DOUG PECK - Music Director, Additional Arrangements and Orchestrations
ADAM BELCUORE - Casting
TELSEY + COMPANY - New York Casting, Rachel Hoffman, CSA
JOSEPH DRUMMOND - Production Stage Manager
T. PAUL LYNCH - Stage Manager

Critical Praise
  • A "finely tuned, surefooted new spin on Bernstein's elusive classic"

    - Chicago Reader

  • "The best of all possible casts"

    - Time Out Chicago

  • A "polished, pretty and well-sung production"

    - The New York Times

  • A "stunning, effervescent and vividly moving adventure"

    - Chicago Critic