Leonard Bernstein: Candide

Tony award-winning actors Kristin Chenoweth and Patty LuPone star in this rousing concert performance of Bernstein’s Candide, based on Voltaire’s comic novella about the naïve Candide (Paul Groves), his love for Conegunde (Chenoweth), and the calamities they confront in “this best of all possible worlds”. Without scenery, but with costumes, dancing and effervescent singing, this high-spirited concert production is terrifically entertaining. It was filmed live at Lincoln Center, with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop. Bernstein’s Candide has had a somewhat troubled past. Considered by many to feature one of his best musical scores, the original 1956 Broadway production was far from a hit. It has since gone through several incarnations in a quest to interpret Lenny’s original spirit (including a raucous production directed by Harold Prince), and is now considered a classic. This version, using talents from the worlds of Broadway and opera, combines the comic elements of later productions with the still relevant social satire that was originally intended, and incorporates lyrics by such luminaries as Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Stephen Sondheim. http://www.tjff.com/film-info.php?id=409

116 minutes

Shown at

  1. 19th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2011

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