Two Acts, Book Musical, Thru Sung / Operetta, Rated PG
The 1999 Royal National Version
Leonard Bernstein's comedic operetta based on Voltaire's satire of innocence, optimism and the unexpected lessons of life.
A score by legendary Leonard Bernstein is but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to CANDIDE
and its theatrical offerings. With a book from Hugh Wheeler and lyrical
contributions from the incomparable Stephen Sondheim, it's a
masterpiece for the ages.
In one lightning-paced act, Candide --
the bastard cousin of Baron Thunder-Ten-Tonck -- is expelled from home,
dragged into the Bulgarian army, brought before the Spanish Inquisition,
swindled out of a fortune, shipwrecked on a desert isle, and separated
time and again from his true love Cunegonde. She, too, bears a barrage
of misfortunes including, but no limited to, sale into prostitution,
forced marriage to an exorbitantly wealthy man, and slavery. Through it
all, however, they try remember the lessons of their dear master Dr.
Pangloss: "Everything is for the best in this best of all possible
With rapier and riotous wit, CANDIDE is
a wondrous piece for nearly any company. Elements of the original 1953 version, along with songs that had been
dropped, rewritten or re-conceived, have been added or altered in this version in an
effort to create a slightly re-imagined version of the classic CANDIDE. This
version requires a large ensemble with a strong female lead. It is the
perfect opportunity to showcase your trained singers of varying ages.
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Add Sutton Foster to the list of famous former orphans! The Tony Award-winning actress made her stage debut at the age of 10 as the endearing and enduring ragamuffin Annie in Augusta, GA.