Linda Lavin

With an extraordinary cast, and directed by Harold Prince, the New York City Opera presents CANDIDE  for a  limited engagement featuring Tony Award nominee Gregg Edelman as Voltaire and Dr. Pangloss, Jay Armstrong Johnson as Candide, Meghan Picerno as Cunegonde, Keith Shares as Maximilian, Jessica Tyler Wright as Paquette, with Broadway favorites  Chip Zien and Brooks Ashmanskas in multiple roles. And starring Tony Award Winner Linda Lavin as the Old Lady.




Jay Armsrong Johnson


Says Harold Prince: “I anticipate this production of Candide with great enthusiasm. We’ve made some changes and right now this material is as relevant as it could ever be. I expect the audience will connect with its message.”

With book by Hugh Wheeler, lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche and Leonard Bernstein, the comic operetta in two acts will perform January 6, 11 and 12 at 7:30pm, January 7 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm and January 8 at 4:00pm at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.

Due to popular demand, four additional performances added Friday, January 13 at 7:30pm, Saturday, January 14 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm and Sunday, January 15 at 4:00pm


Tickets: CenterCharge: (212) 721-6500


Celebrating the 60th anniversary of its world premiere this year, Bernstein’s Candide premiered on Broadway on December 1, 1956. In 1973, Harold Prince and Hugh Wheeler devised a new, one-act version of Candide, which ran on Broadway for 740 performances. Known as the “Chelsea” version, it served as the basis for New York City Opera’s “opera house version” which the company premiered under the General Directorship of Beverly Sills in 1982. The production received 34 performances over two seasons and solidified Candide’s place as an opera house standard.