(BOSTON) — Fourteen members of the Huntington Theatre Company's production Candide performed the National Anthem at the 1:35pm Red Sox game today. The performance was preceded by several special ceremonies including the honoring of pitcher Tim Wakefield who recorded his 200th Major League win last night.
Immediately following the performance, a duck boat provided by Boston Duck Tours transported the group from the corner of Ipswich and Landsdowne Street near Fenway Park back to the corner of Massachusetts and Huntington Avenues for the first of the day's two performances of Candide. While in traffic on Mass. Ave., the production stage manager M. Matthew Wiener gave the actors the customary "half-hour" call. Actor Erik Lochtefeld (a Chicago resident and Concord, MA native), who appears in the play's first scene as Maximilian in elaborate late 18th Century formal court costuming, wig, and make-up, began his preparation on the duck boat en route.
The Huntington changed the published curtain time from 2pm to 2:15pm to accomodate the cast's return from this special appearance. Ticket holders were notified via email and robocall. The show began at 2:20pm.
Among those attending were cast member Geoff Packard, who plays the role of Candide, and Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman. Music director and conductor Doug Peck led the group in their performance.
Playing now through October 16 at the BU Theatre (Avenue of the Arts/264 Huntington Avenue), the award-winning production of Candide kicks off the Huntington Theatre Company's 30th Anniversary Season. Tony Award and MacArthur "Genius" winner Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses on Broadway, Journey to the West and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Huntington) helms the production, for which she has newly adapted the book from Voltaire's text. Doug Peck offers music direction of Leonard Bernstein's beloved score, featuring nearly 30 songs. The ambitious production, featuring an award-winning cast of 19 and a live orchestra of 14 musicians, recreates Voltaire's satirical story of Candide (Geoff Packard, Helen Hayes Award winner for his portrayal), a young optimist shipwrecked, soldiered, swindled, and separated repeatedly from his true love, Cunegonde (Lauren Molina, Helen Hayes award winner for her portrayal). Variety calls this production, "The best of all possible Candides!"
"Candide is exquisite entertainment — a blend of opera, comedy, travel, adventure, and romance," says Zimmerman, whose major revival has been made using her signature style of collaboration with her company and creative team. The quick-paced story follows the young Candide, living on his Baron uncle's manor estate and studying the philosophy Dr. Pangloss, who teaches that everything happens for the best. When Candide and the Baron's daughter Cunegonde fall in love and are discovered, they are cast out into the world. The audience takes a satirical ride with the pair through adventures and misfortunes that test their seemingly undoubting optimism. Bernstein's Candide enchants with some of the most memorable music ever written for Broadway including "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Oh Happy We," "I Am Easily Assimilated," "Glitter and be Gay," and "Make Our Garden Grow."
For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org/candide.
Production photos available at huntingtontheatre.org/candidephotos.
ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON
Since its founding in 1982, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston's leading theatre company. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current. Led by Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington creates award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, the serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington is in residence at Boston University. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.