Candide: Musical Info & Synopsis


Candide tells the tale of a young man named Candide whose journey takes him through a series of misadventures. Throughout his travels, Candide remains hopeful and searches for his true love, Cunegonde, who has also faced her share of hardships. As they reunite and part ways repeatedly, Candide explores themes of optimism, resilience, and the human capacity to endure.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Golden Age (1956)

Cast Size: 12+

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Setting: 1700s / France (Paris), Italy, Spain, Uruguay

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics: Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics: Richard Wilbur, John Latouche, Stephen Sondheim*, Dorothy Parker

Book: John Caird*, Hugh Wheeler*, Lillian Hellman

* Writers who worked on the 1974/1999 revivals of the show

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1956)➝

Broadway Cast (1974)➝

New York City Opera Cast (1982)➝

Scottish Opera Cast (1991)➝

Broadway Cast (1997)➝

Royal National Theatre Cast (1999)➝


Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


1950s, Based on a Book, Golden Age, One-Word, OperettaRom-Com, Satire

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