​This summer Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) will present the Leonard Bernstein classic, Candide, based on Voltaire’s satire on the follies of the human race. The production takes place at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston and includes a 24-piece orchestra accompanying the well-known songs “Glitter and Be Gay,” “The Best of All Possible Worlds” and “Make Our Garden Grow.”

Candide is directed by Music Theater Works artistic director Rudy Hogenmiller, conducted by music director Roger L. Bingaman and choreographed by Clayton Cross.

The cast includes Gary Alexander (Voltaire/Pangloss), Ben Barker (Candide), Cecilia Iole (Cunegonde), Emily Barnash (The Old Woman), Billy Dawson (Maximilian), Abby Murray Vachon (Paquette) and Russell Alan Rowe (Martin).

​The production is the first of Music Theater Works’ 2017 season, which will continue with Gypsy (August 19-27), the concert performance Duke Ellington’s Greatest Hits (October 6-15) and Peter Pan (December 23-January 1, 2018).

Founded in 1980 as Light Opera Works, Music Theater Works is a resident professional not-for-profit theater in Evanston, and it promotes a mission to produce and present musical theater from a variety of world traditions. All of the company’s productions are presented in English, with foreign works done in carefully edited modern translations. With Music Theater Works productions maximum scholarship is often employed to preserve the original vocal and orchestral material, as well as the spirit of the original text whenever possible. Audiences thereby experience authentic, yet modern presentations of masterworks for the live stage. This summer’s presentation of Candide will be no different.

Candide will run June 3 through 11 at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston. Visit musictheaterworks.com.

To order tickets, or for more information, call the Music Theater Works box office at (847) 920-5360 or order online 24 hours a day at www.MusicTheaterWorks.com.



Music Theater Works' production of Candide will run at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, IL from June 3 through June 11, 2017 (photo courtesy of Music Theater Works).

Music Theater Works Launching 2017 Season with Bernstein Classic Candide