Leonard Bernstein’s beautiful score for the Broadway musical Candide was an instant classic — the show itself, based on the novella by Voltaire, was not. Tony Award and MacArthur Genius Grant winner Mary Zimmerman took it upon herself to recreate this musical masterpiece/disasterpiece with a brand new book and a new take on its wonderful music. Following sold out runs at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and Washington, DC’s Shakespeare Theatre, Mary Zimmerman’s incredible production of Candide officially opens tonight at the Huntington in Boston, and believe me when I say, it is absolutely worth seeing. It’s a long show, but it’s also one that you’ll remember — this is one of those shows that people will be talking about for years to come. Don’t believe me? Check this out.
CANDIDE runs through October 16 at the BU Theatre on the Avenue of the Arts. Don’t miss it!
The Huntington Theatre Company, Boston’s leading professional theatre company since 1982, is launching into their 30th Anniversary Season this year. Tickets went on sale yesterday for a season that includes Mary Zimmerman’s acclaimed production of Candide, the completion of August Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle with Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (ironically, his first hit play, and the last that the company is producing), the hit New York comedy God of Carnage (the film of which, directed by Roman Polanski, comes out in November), and Noël Coward’s Private Lives, along with three world premieres.
I’ve spent the last few weeks re-designing the Huntington’s website to fit with the new 30th Anniversary branding image, and I have to say, I’m pretty happy with the results. Check it out — and while you’re at it, maybe treat yourself to one of our shows along the way.
Oh, also? The entire season is going to be presented in SHOCKING REAL-D 3D!