Candide Cast Members from Huntington Theatre Company to Perform National Anthem at Wednesday's Red Sox Game

(BOSTON) — Fifteen members of the cast of the Huntington Theatre Company's production Candide will perform the National Anthem at the 1:35pm Red Sox game on Wednesday, September 14. A duck boat provided by Boston Duck Tours will transport the group from Fenway Park to the Huntington Theatre Company's BU Theatre on the Avenue of the Arts/Huntington Avenue immediately following the Anthem for the first of the day's two performances of Candide. The Huntington has delayed the 2pm curtain to 2:15pm to accomodate the cast's return from this special appearance.

Cast members participating include Geoff Packard, who leads the cast as Candide, and Erik Lotchtefeld (Maximilian), a native of Concord, MA. The group will be conducted by Candide music director Doug Peck.

Photos and videos will be distributed after the event.


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."

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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

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