Bernstein's Candide

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

Bradley Cooper - Narrator

Carey Mulligan - Narrator

Alek Shrader - Candide

Erin Morley - Cunegonde

Denyce Graves - The Old Lady

Kevin Vortmann - Dr. Pangloss/Beggar

Timothy McDevitt - Maximilian/Prefect

Amanda Lynn Bottoms - Paquette

William Burden - Governor/Vanderdendur

Benjamin Krumreig - Captain/Crook

Curtis Bannister - Prince Ragotski

Daniel Rowan - Baron

Isabel Santiago - Baroness/Sheep

J.D. Webster - Heresy Agent/Priest

Meredith Lustig - Sheep

Ward Billeisen - Prisoner/Aide

Brittany Bigelow - Dancer

Nicholas Cunningham - Dancer

Philadelphia Symphonic Choir

Joe Miller - Director

Kevin Newbury - Stage Director

Leslie Stifelman - Music Supervisor

Melissa Mahon - Choreographer

Andrew Boyce - Stage Design

Christopher Frey - Lighting Designer

Paul Carey - Costume Design

S. Katy Tucker - Video and Projection Design

Anne Ford-Coates - Hair and Make-Up Design

Rick Jacobsohn - Sound Design

Stephanie Klapper - Casting Director

James Onstad - Assistant Stage Director

Victoria Bek - Costume Coordinator

Yasmine Kiss - Stage Manager

Michael Repper - Rehearsal Accompanist


Bernstein - Candide

Thursday, June 20, 2019

7:30 pm Verizon Hall

Don't miss the star-studded finale to the Orchestra's 2018-19 season! Academy Award nominees Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan narrate a 1990s-inspired symphonic staging of Leonard Bernstein's Candide, led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, June 20-22 in Verizon Hall. Bernstein's irreverent and humorous operetta Candide is presented as a coming-of-age story set in spring 1992, unfolding in a high-school classroom and inspired by films such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Dazed and Confused. The characters will be portrayed as the archetypes of high-school life: Candide as the bookish nerd, Cunegonde as the ambitious head cheerleader, Paquette as the introverted goth, and Maximilian as the flamboyant drama club president. The staging—complete with full costuming, scenic design, and theatrical lighting and projection—will trace how these characters change from naïve teenagers to expectant graduates.

Cooper and Mulligan join The Philadelphia Orchestra and an all-star cast from the worlds of opera and Broadway, including Alek Shrader, Erin Morley, Denyce Graves, Kevin Vortmann, and Timothy McDevitt, reuniting many of the collaborators from the Orchestra's previous Bernstein projects. Stage Director Kevin Newbury will set the production of Bernstein's Candide.

First performed in 1956, Candide has come into its own in recent decades, thanks to Bernstein's endless musical inventiveness and collaborators from Stephen Sondheim to Dorothy Parker—and Voltaire, who wrote the original story, published in 1759. Nézet-Séguin's great love for Bernstein's music has shone throughout the centennial celebration, and in previous Philadelphia Orchestra seasons, beginning with the Orchestra's production of MASS in 2015 and continuing through West Side Story and a cycle of his complete symphonies. Candide brings The Philadelphia Orchestra's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein to a joyous conclusion.

The Bernstein Centennial Celebration in its entirety is made possible in part by the generous support of the Presser Foundation.

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