The cast, mostly from the Goodman production, ain't chicken liver either. Soprano Lauren Molina is hilariously narcissistic and finally deeply touching as Cunegonde, beginning the famous coloratura aria introduced by Barbara Cook, "Glitter and Be Gay," in a bathtub. Bemoaning her fate as she's dressing in satins and jewels, she brings down the house by timing her climactic high note to an ecstatic glance at herself in her mirror. Tenor Geoff Packard is a picture-perfect and silver-throated hero, convincing both in his naïve ignorance and his newly opened eyes. Larry Yando, Eric Lochtefeld, Jeff Parker, Jesse J. Perez, Timothy John Smith, Rebecca Finnegan, and Tom Aulino all deliver star turns. Cheryl Stern, as the single-buttocked Old Lady, compromises her liveliness with a "High-Middle-Polish" accent that muddies her diction. Doug Peck's exhilarating and occasionally refined conducting reinforces the juggernaut pace. Bernstein's foolproof finale, "Make Our Garden Grow," had many of us blotting away tears on our way out. Candide (through October 16) now joins the Huntington's Pal Joey and She Loves Me among Boston's most gratifying Broadway revivals.

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