Candide - The Musical

directed by David Fuller

The 18th Century author Voltaire wrote a fanciful story about a young man, Candide, whose journey of improbable misadventures leads him ultimately to love, manhood and the meaning of Life. War, natural disasters, unnatural assignations, torture, pirates and disease are among the many obstacles Candide overcomes, in a paradoxically comedic satire, with the help of his mentor Dr. Pangloss, his love Cunegonde and the omnipotent presence of Voltaire himself. Leonard Bernstein’s musical adaptation, with a book by Lillian Hellman, and lyrics by Richard Wilbur, John LaTouche and Dorothy Parker, first appeared on Broadway in 1956. In 1973, Hal Prince got Hugh Wheeler to write a new book and this pared down version, with additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, was presented in Brooklyn at the Chelsea Theatre Center (now BAM). Theater 2020 is delighted to bring this version back to Brooklyn, in a site-specific production at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Relying heavily on its outstanding ensemble, the costume design of New York Innovative Theater Award Nominee Viviane Galloway and the piano virtuosity of Music Director Ming Aldrich-Gan, this production brings a classically contemporary take to the musical, in which extreme optimism is lampooned in favor of a more pragmatic approach to life. The characters are archetypes, the tale is episodic and picaresque, the style is guerilla theater meets morality play -- and the music is glorious! Hal Prince wrote of his 1973 production: “Candide owes its origins to medieval theater, to the Globe, to commedia dell’arte. It is street theater. It is not about film. It is about live actors and a live audience.” When a 21st century audience meets skilled singer-story tellers, it’s “The Best of All Possible Worlds.”

Performances: 

 2/14/2014 at 8:00pm
 2/15/2014 at 8:00pm
 2/16/2014 at 3:00pm
 2/21/2014 at 8:00pm
 2/22/2014 at 8:00pm
 2/23/2014 at 3:00pm
 2/28/2014 at 8:00pm
 3/1/2014 at 8:00pm
 3/2/2014 at 3:00pm
 3/7/2014 at 8:00pm
 3/8/2014 at 8:00pm
 3/9/2014 at 3:00pm

Theatre/Venue Saint Charles Borromeo 

21 Sidney Place  Brooklyn

Phone Number for Reservations 718-624-3614 
Website for reservations www.theater2020.com  
Running time 1hr. 30min. 

 

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