EXCLUSIVE: Linda Lavin has signed on for the six-performance run in January of Candide by the revived New York City Opera. The production of Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta based on the novella by Voltaire, is being staged by Hal Prince with choreography by longtime Prince collaborator Patricia Birch.
Leading the cast are singer-actor Jay Armstrong Johnson (Broadway revival of On The Town) as Candide and coloratura soprano Meghan Picerno (Die Zauberflöte) as Cunegonde, the naïve brother and sister whose disparate journeys take them far from home and back again. Broadway veterans Gregg Edelman (City Of Angels, Passion) will play Voltaire, Pangloss, Governor, Businessman, Police Chief, 2nd Gambler and Wisest Man; the cast also includes baritone Keith Phares (The Barber of Seville, Washington National Opera; The Little Prince, New York City Opera) and Jessica Tyler Wright (War Horse, Sweeney Todd) as Maximilian and Paquette.
Lavin will play The Old Lady, in a company that includes guest stars Chip Zien (the Baker in the original production of Into the Woods), Radu Issachar and Brooks Ashmanskas.
Bernstein’s 1956 musical jaunt begins with one of the most dazzling overtures in the Broadway canon and includes the Mozartian “Glitter And Be Gay” along with “Make Our Garden Grow” and “The Best Of All Possible Worlds.” The book is by Hugh Wheeler, with lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche and Bernstein. Additional production details will be announced soon.
The production will run January 6 through 12 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.