Lauren Molina and Geoff Packardin Candide
(© Liz Lauren)
Lauren Molina and Geoff Packardin Candide
(© Liz Lauren)
Geoff Packard and Lauren Molina will reprise their Helen Hayes Award-winning portrayals of Candide and Cunegonde, respectively, in the Huntington Theatre Company presentation of Leonard Bernstein's Candide, directed and newly adapted from the Voltaire by Mary Zimmerman. The production will play Boston University Theatre, September 10-October 16.

The 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.

The cast also features Tom Aulino (Baron, others), Spencer Curnutt (Sailor, others), McCaela Donovan (Pacquette, others), Alexander Elisa (Inkeeper, others), Rebecca Finnegan (Baroness, others), Evan Harrington (Orator, others), Erik Lochtefeld (Maximilian, others), Abby Mueller (Orator's Wife, others), Jeff Parker (Anabaptist and others), Jesse Perez (Cacambo, others), Emma Rosenthal (Bird, others), Cheryl Stern (Old Lady), Timothy John Smith (Governor, others), Joey Stone (Soldier, others), Tempe Thomas (Queen of El Dorado, others), Travis Turner (Servant, others), and Larry Yando (Pangloss, others). Swings include Tom Hamlett and Shonna McEachern.

Doug Peck offers music direction of Bernstein's beloved score, featuring nearly 30 songs, including "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Oh Happy We," "I Am Easily Assimilated," "Glitter and be Gay," and "Make Our Garden Grow."

The creative team will also feature Daniel Pelzig (choreography), Dan Ostling (scenic design), Mara Blumenfeld (costume design) Timothy J. Gerckens (lighting design), and Richard Woodbury (sound design).

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