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In celebration of Leonard Bernstein's centenary, La Opera present the exuberant Candide, the round-the-world thrill ride and musical theatre great that follows the ups and downs and further downs of the eternally optimistic titular character. Frasier and Broadway star Kelsey Grammer stars as Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss.
Full of sprit, satire, silliness and sass, this bounding opera first opened in 1954 where it was met a with less than enthusiastic response. However Candide's vim and vigour has gone on to win it enormous popularity all over the world as audiences defied the critics and took to the freewheeling adventure and its raft of musical theatre classics, including the magnificent 'Glitter and be Gay' and 'Make Our Garden Grow'.
Based on a novella from Voltaire, Candide is all at once a love story, a drama, a thriller and a tragedy rolled into one merry go round of ever revived characters who populate Candide's journey. From living in a swanky castle as a Baron's illegitimate son to a beggar on the streets, to earthquake causing heretic and much much more in-between, prepare to follow a dazzling story that fills the auditorium with glee and wonder.
Opening night: 27 January 2018
Sung in English with projected English translations
Two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission
Candide's Journey Used under Creative Commons License
Kelsey Grammer as Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss
Jack Swanson as Candide
Erin Morley as Cunegonde
2 reviews, average rating: (2.0 Stars)
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