After a sell-out season in 2016 (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair, Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol), the London Musical Theatre Orchestra returns to Cadogan Hall for its latest concert performance of Candide.
With a score by legendary composer Leonard Bernstein, Candide tells the story of Candide, the bastard cousin of Baron Thunder-Ten-Tonck, who is expelled from home, dragged into the Bulgarian army, brought before the Spanish Inquisition, swindled out of a fortune, shipwrecked on a desert isle, and separated time and again from his true love Cunegonde. She, too, bears a barrage of misfortunes including, sale into prostitution, forced marriage to an exorbitantly wealthy man, and slavery. Through it all, however, they try to hold onto the lessons of their dear master Dr. Pangloss: “Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.”
With a book from Hugh Wheeler and lyrical contributions from the incomparable Stephen Sondheim, Candide is a masterpiece for the ages. Join the 30-strong London Musical Theatre Orchestra under the baton of conductor Freddie Tapner alongside a host of West End stars as they deliver one of the most iconic musical scores of all time.
Music by Leonard Bernstein.
Book by Hugh Wheeler after Voltaire.
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur.
with additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein
Orchestrations by Leonard Bernstein and Hershy Kay.
Musical continuity and additional orchestrations by John Mauceri.
Narration for concert version by Leonard Bernstein and John Wells, adapted from the satire by Voltaire and the book by Hugh Wheeler, edited and supplemented by Erik Haagensen.