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See John Lithgow, Danny Burstein, and More in Carnegie Hall's Candide

The benefit gala raised funds in support of Carnegie Hall's artistic and music education programs.

Paul Appleby and John Lithgow starred in Carnegie Hall's benefit concert production of Candide.
(© Chris Lee)

Carnegie Hall's benefit concert performance of Leonard Bernstein's Candide went up April 18 in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. The event raised over $1.6 million in support of Carnegie Hall's artistic and music education programs and featured special appearances by Danny Burstein, Len Cariou, and Marilyn Horne. Check out photos from the gala in the gallery below.


Feautred in the cast were Paul Appleby (Candide); Erin Morley (Cunegonde); Patricia Racette (Old Lady); William Burden (Governor); John Lithgow (Voltaire, Dr. Pangloss); Bryonha Marie Parham (Paquette); Ryan Silverman (Maximilian); Glenn Seven Allen and Ross Benoliel (Inquisitors); Christine DiGiallonardo, Andrea Jones-Sojola, David Scott Purdy, and Nathaniel Stampley (vocal quartet); and Paloma Garcia-Lee, Stephen Hanna, Akina Kitazawa, and Devin Roberts (ensemble dancers).

Gary Griffin (Honeymoon in Vegas) directed the concert production, with Rob Fisher as musical director conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's and Mansfield University Concert Choir, and Joshua Bergasse (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as choreographer. Additional creative personnel included costume designer Tracy Christensen, lighting designer Alan Adelman, projections designer Wendall K. Harrington, and sound designer Scott Lehrer.

Based on Voltaire's satirical tale of the same name, Candide serves as the culminating performance of Carnegie Hall's celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bernstein's birth.