Candide

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23616_show_portrait_largeI think we’ve seen every production since the original of this sophisticated Bernstein-Sondheim operatic spoof of Voltaire’s philosophic message: “This is the best in this best of all possible worlds.” The current New York City Opera revival, directed by Harold Prince, is among the best we can recall – fast-moving, well cast, cleverly directed, fun but not over-played. The lead roles are uniformly strong – as actors as well as singers. Gregg Edelman is never off the stage as Voltaire and Dr. Pangloss, among other parts. Jay Armstrong Johnson is an ingenuous Candide. Linda Lavin does a star cameo as the Old Lady. And amazingly, Meghan Picerno came in off the street for an open rehearsal (in the City Opera tradition) to grab the role of Cunegonde. Try to catch this gem before the end of the run on Jan 15.

Ken Roman

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