The glass is always half-full for Candide in this story of ultimate optimism! Travel the globe with our unlikely hero, as he confronts doom, death and destruction at every turn.  And yet Candide finds a happy ending to make his garden grow in this “best of all possible worlds”!

Features "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Glitter and Be Gay," "Make Our Garden Grow"

Premiere: New York, December 1, 1956



  • Saturday 7 July 2012 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday 13 July 13 2012 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday 15 July 2012 at 2:00 pm

Richard E. Rauh Theater
The Hillman Center for Performing Arts

All performances sung in English.


Production Team

Composer   Leonard Bernstein
Book   Hugh Wheeler
Lyrics   Richard Wilbur, Lillian Hellman, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Dorothy Parker, and John Latouche
Conductor   Brent McMunn
Stage Director   Scott Wise
Set Designer   Joseph Gourley
Lighting Designer   Christopher Popowich [C&C Lighting]
Costume Designer   Kenneth Chu



Candide   Daniel Teadt
Voltaire/Pangloss   William Clarence Marshall
Cunegonde   Abigail Dueppen
Paquette   Emily Sanchez
Maximilian   Joseph Gaines
Old Woman   Andrey Nemzer
Governor   Raymond Very
Baroness/Penitent/Houri   Katherine Brandt
Baron/Grand Inquisitor/Archbishop   James Critchfield