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Ryan Silverman and Bryonha Marie Parham Join Cast of Leonard Bernstein's Candide Presented in Concert for One Night Only on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 PM

Broadway Stars Join Previously Announced Artists Paul Appleby, Erin Morley, Patricia Racette, William Burden, and John Lithgow

Concert Performance Benefits Carnegie Hall’s Artistic and Music Education Programs

Production Directed by Gary Griffin with Musical Director Rob Fisher Conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Carnegie Hall announced today that its one-night-only benefit concert performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage will feature Broadway stars Ryan Silverman (Side ShowCry-BabyChicago) as Maximilian and Bryonha Marie Parham (The Gershwins’ Porgy and BessAfter MidnightPrince of Broadway) as Paquette. They join the previously announced Paul Appleby (Candide), Erin Morley (Cunegonde), Patricia Racette (Old Lady), William Burden(Governor), and John Lithgow (Voltaire / Dr. Pangloss).

Also joining the cast are Glenn Seven Allen and Ross Benoliel (Inquisitors); Christine DiGiallonardoAndrea Jones-SojolaDavid Scott Purdy, and Nathaniel Stampley (Vocal Quartet); and Paloma Garcia-LeeStephen Hanna, Akina Kitazawa, and Devin Roberts (Ensemble Dancers).

Gary Griffin (Honeymoon in VegasThe Apple Tree, and The Color Purple) directs the concert production with Rob Fisher (Guys and Dolls and The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall and founding music director of Encores!) as music director, conducting Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Mansfield University Concert Choir and choreographer Joshua Bergasse (On the Town and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Additional creative personnel include sound designer Scott Lehrer, costume designer Tracy Christensen, lighting designer Alan Adelman, projections designer Wendall K. Harrington, and casting by Telsey + Company / Rachel Hoffman, CSA. The musical is presented with full orchestra, cast, and ensemble, and is a gala benefit providing support for the artistic and music education programs of Carnegie Hall.

Leonard Bernstein’s hilarious and thought-provoking 1956 musical Candide, based on Voltaire’s satirical tale, serves as the culminating performance of Carnegie Hall’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth. Though this marks the first full concert performance of Candide at Carnegie Hall, the concert version of the Candide Overture made its world premiere at Carnegie Hall with Bernstein leading the New York Philharmonic in 1957. From that incredibly popular overture, to Cunegonde’s aria “Glitter and Be Gay,” the sardonic “Auto-da-fé” chorus, and deeply moving “Make Our Garden Grow” finale, Candide is an ideal celebration of the Bernstein centenary.

Sana H. Sabbagh and Andrew J. Martin-Weber are gala co-chairs for this special event. Lead funding for this concert is provided by The Alice Tully Foundation. Benefit tickets start at $1,000 and include prime concert seating as well as options to attend a festive pre-performance cocktail party or celebratory post-concert dinner with members of the cast. Tables for groups of eight or 10 are available for $15,000 and above and include VIP admission to all portions of the gala evening. Benefit tickets are available by calling Carnegie Hall’s Special Events office at 212-903-9679 or online at carnegiehall.org/Candide.

A limited number of concert-only tickets, priced $47–$155, are currently available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online at carnegiehall.org/Candide.

Carnegie Hall’s concert presentations of favorite musicals in recent years have included Guys and Dolls with Nathan Lane and Megan Mullally (2013), The Sound of Music with Laura Osnes and Tony Goldwyn (2011), Show Boat with Nathan Gunn, Carolee Carmello, Marilyn Horne, and Alvy Powell (2008), South Pacific with Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell (2005), and Carousel with Hugh Jackman and Audra McDonald (2002).  

Program Information
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Paul Appleby (Candide)
Erin Morley (Cunegonde)
Patricia Racette (Old Lady)
William Burden (Governor)
John Lithgow (Voltaire / Dr. Pangloss)
Ryan Silverman (Maximilian)
Bryonha Marie Parham (Paquette)
Glenn Seven Allen and Ross Benoliel, Inquisitors
Christine DiGiallonardo, Andrea Jones-Sojola, David Scott Purdy, and Nathanial Stampley, Vocal Quartet Paloma Garcia-Lee, Stephen Hanna, Akina Kitazawa, and Devin Roberts, Ensemble Dancers

Orchestra of St. Luke's
Mansfield University Concert Choir
Rob Fisher, Musical Director and Conductor
Gary Griffin, Director
Joshua Bergasse, Choreographer
Scott Lehrer, Sound Designer
Tracy Christensen, Costume Designer
Alan Adelman, Lighting Designer
Wendall K. Harrington, Projections Designer
Casting by Telsey + Company / Rachel Hoffman, CSA


Lead funding for this concert is provided by The Alice Tully Foundation.

Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

Ticket Information

Tickets, priced $47–$155, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, as well as through calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.

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