Leonard Bernstein’s CANDIDE

A Comic Operetta
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, John Latouche, Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
July 27 – September 2
Featuring a splendid score by the unparalleled Leonard Bernstein, CANDIDE is a witty and wacky musical satire. Based on Voltaire’s 1759 novella, CANDIDE takes the audience on a round-the-world romp of idealistic optimism as the characters clash with a series of absurd events. The young and naïve title character is betrothed to the Baron of Westphalia’s beautiful daughter Cunegonde, and along with the maid Paquette and Cunegonde’s brother Maximilian, they all subscribe firmly to the doctrine that has been instilled in them by their teacher Dr. Pangloss: that everything that occurs is for the best, no matter what.  They soon find out that isn’t always the case.
Directed by James Valcq
Musical Director:  Adam Baus
July 27 – September 2
Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30
Sunday Matinees at 2:00
Special Tuesday evening performance on August 29 at 7:30
Featuring Kaleigh Rae Gamache (MADAME SHERRY, MAID TO MARRY), Drew Brhel (MADAME SHERRY, ISAAC’S EYE, TALLEY’S FOLLY, EDUCATING RITA), Anna Cline (MADAME SHERRY), and Matt Frye (RED). Introducing to TAP audiences Becky SpiceDoug Clemons, and Michael Penick. CANDIDE also features TAP’s 2017  Artist-In-Residence, Kelsey Wang (MADAME SHERRY).
Barbara Cook on auditioning for the leading role in the original production of CANDIDE