Jersey Boys star Daniel Reichard will play the title role and Judy Blazer will play the Old Lady in the New York City Opera’s production of Candide, April 8-20. The Harold Prince production, a mainstay of the company, will be directed by Arthur Massella, with choreography by Patricia Birch. Additional casting will be announced at a later date, along with Reichard’s specific list of performances. (The role of Candide will be double-cast., with Matt Morgan taking on the other performances.)
Based on the novella by Voltaire, Candide features music by Leonard Bernstein, a book by Hugh Wheeler, and lyrics by Richard Wilbur, with additional lyrics by Bernstein, John Latouche, and Stephen Sondheim. The opera will be conducted by George Manahan and will feature sets by Clarke Dunham, costumes by Judith Dolan, lighting by Ken Billington, and sound by Abe Jacob.
Reichard is currently starring as Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. He will leave that show in January. His other New York stage credits include Radiant Baby, The Thing About Men, and Forbidden Broadway. Blazer’s Broadway credits include LoveMusik, Titanic, and Me and My Girl.
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