Huntington Takes Another Run At ‘Candide’
When Leonard Bernstein unveiled the score for his “Candide,” critics threw just about every superlative possible at the legendary composer.
The show, however, was a complete flop. That’s where Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company comes in.
The company is staging a new production of “Candide.” Though the operetta has been re-staged and re-worked again and again, this one is different. This one has a book written by Mary Zimmerman, a Chicago-based Tony Award-winning playwright and director.
Zimmerman’s adaptations of “The Odyssey”, “Arabian Nights”, and “Metamorphoses”, have proven her to be a writer of sufficient intelligence and whimsy to enliven even the dustiest of classics. That makes her a good fit for the star-crossed “Candide.”
- Mary Zimmerman, director, “Candide“
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