Candide (1974)

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Show Credits: Lyrics by Richard Wilbur
Additional Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Additional Lyrics by John Latouche

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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 worlds."

With rapier and riotous wit, CANDIDE is a wondrous piece for nearly any company. Scenically it can be as grand or simple as the designer sees fit and, likewise, requires a cast of only moderate size that can be easily expanded to accommodate the grandest of ensembles. CANDIDE is the ideal blend of sophisticated operetta and wacky Python-esque comedy, and will surely thrill a wide range of theatergoers.

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The original 1956 show was nominated for three Tonys, including Musical. The 1974 version was nominated for seven (winning four, including Director and Book), and not being eligible for the Musical award (since it was, in effect, a revival), was given a S

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