Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Leonard Bernstein's "CANDIDE"

Haha... never knew that I would enjoy this as much as I did... but this May 2004 production of Candide was so much better than the last version I caught! (when ever that was?!) The music.. of course the music.. Leonard Bernstein's amazing score... and the conductor extraodinaire.. Marin Alsop! This broadway meets operetta, unites with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in a semistaged performance that has an awfully wicked sense of humor... it's always good to be laughing!~

What is Candide about... well... here's a little write up about it from Music Theatre International:

Featuring a legendary score by Leonard Bernstein, “Candide” is perhaps the most oft revived of the classic cult musicals. Part sophisticated operetta, part wacky screwball comedy with shades of Monty Python, this funny, irreverent satire is the perfect musical expression of Voltaire’s tongue-in-cheek send-up of optimistic philosophies.

In one lightning-paced act, the hapless bastard cousin Candide is expelled from home, drafted 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, who bears with remarkable dignity a variety of carnal besmirchments by almost everybody.

Through it all, Candide remembers the lesson of his dear master Dr. Pangloss: that “everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.”

check it out more at the following webbie... CLICK HERE!~ Posted by Hello

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