Candide suggests that blind optimism, or the idea that everything is part of a grand plan and that all is for the best, is not only absurd but also an excuse for inaction in the face of social injustice. Volatire’s and Berstein’s works remind us what people are capable of at their best—at the very same moment they are showing us what is worst. And in this way, the work manages to be affirmative—even transcendent—in the face of its own cynicism and satiric edge.”
–Mary Zimmerman (director) in An American Classic: Shakespeare Theatre Company


Just in time for the holidays, the Shakespeare Theatre Company presents Leonard Bernstein’s musical masterpiece Candide.  This 20th century classic, based on Voltaire’s satire, has been newly adapted by acclaimed director Mary Zimmerman.  Follow Candide on a hilarious journey of countless misfortunes and obstacles challenging his optimistic and hopeful outlook on life and love.  Called “Eye-poppingly lavish” by the Chicago Examiner and “Ingenious… gorgeously imagined” by the Chicago Sun-Times, Bernstein’s Candide will enchant you with some of the most memorable music ever written for Broadway, featuring songs like “Make Our Garden Grow” and “Glitter and be Gay.” Don’t miss “the best of all possible Candides.” (Variety)

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Candide

Nov 26 - Jan 09

Sidney Harman Hallby Leonard Bernstein

directed and newly adapted from the Voltaire by Mary ZImmerman
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