Candide: Musical Info & Synopsis


Synopsis:

Candide tells the adventurous tale of a young man named Candide who’s 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, the musical explores themes of optimism, resilience, and the human capacity to endure even in the face of absurdity and cruelty.


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)➝


Links

Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


Tags

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


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