The Verdict: Critics Review Return of Harold Prince’s Candide | Playbill

The Verdict The Verdict: Critics Review Return of Harold Prince’s Candide Jay Armstrong Johnson, Greg Edelman, and Linda Lavin star. Here’s what critics are saying.
Meghan Picerno, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Linda Lavin, and Gregg Edelman Sarah Shatz

New York City Opera returned January 6 with a production of Leonard Bernstein’s musical Candide, which continues through January 15 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City.

Tony Award winner Harold Prince, who staged a revised version of the operetta on Broadway in 1974 (and for NYCO in 1982), directs the NYCO run that stars Jay Armstrong Johnson (Sweeney Todd, On the Town; The Most Happy Fella) as Candide; Gregg Edelman (City of Angels, Passion, Into the Woods) as Voltaire, Pangloss, Governor, Businessman, Police Chief, 2nd Gambler, and Wisest Man; Meghan Picerno (Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Hansel and Gretel) as Cunegonde; and Linda Lavin (The Lyons, Other Desert Cities, Hollywood Arms) as the Old Lady.

Read more about Candide here.

Here’s a look at critics’ reviews:

New York Classical Review (Eric C. Simpson)

New York Times (Anthony Tommasini)

Observer (James Jordan)

Wall Street Journal (Heidi Waleson) (David Patrick Streams)

The Rose Theater is located at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center. For more information and tickets, call (212) 721-6500 or visit and


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