Carnegie Hall has announced that its one-night-only benefit concert performance of Leonard Bernstein's Candide on April 18 in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage will star Paul Appleby in the title role of Candide alongside Erin Morley as Cunegonde, Patricia Racette as the Old Lady, William Burden as Governor, and John Lithgow as Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss. The musical is presented with full orchestra, cast, and ensemble, and is a gala benefit providing support for the artistic and music education programs of Carnegie Hall.
Gary Griffin (Honeymoon in Vegas) directs the concert production with Rob Fisher as musical director, conducting Orchestra of St. Luke's and Mansfield University Concert Choir, and choreographer Joshua Bergasse (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Remaining cast members will be announced at a later date.
Additional creative personnel include 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.
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