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From Act I, Kristin Chenoweth (Cunegonde) sings the aria "Glitter and Be Gay."
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Broadway and operetta unite in the New York Philharmonic's semistaged performance of the satirical, effervescent musical "Candide" by Leonard Bernstein, the conductor and composer who was so intimately associated with the orchestra. Equally drawn from the classical and musical theater worlds, the cast includes Broadway's "Wicked" Kristin Chenoweth as Cunegonde, Patti LuPone in a star turn as The Old Lady, Paul Groves as Candide, and Sir Thomas Allen as Dr. Pangloss/Narrator. Staged by Broadway actor-director Lonny Price, whose recent work includes the San Francisco Symphony's Emmy Award-winning, semistaged production of Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" in 2000, "Candide" features Bernstein protégé Marin Alsop conducting the New York Philharmonic, with the participation of the Westminster Symphonic Choir.

The original production of "Candide" was not the resounding success that was anticipated when it premiered on Broadway in 1956, given the stellar lineup of artistic talents who were involved in its creation. How did the erstwhile flop turn into a critically acclaimed, popular hit that both opera and theater companies continue to perform? Find out in the essay by author and theater professor Thomas Hischak. Meet one of Broadway's best, singer-actress Patti LuPone, who plays The Old Lady in this production of "Candide," in Dialogue. Review the plot, read a biography of the composer, watch performance excerpts, and find a list of the main characters in the illustrated "Candide" Companion. Finally, see the full catalogue of music from the evening's program in the song list.

Additional funding for this program was provided by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and the Irene Diamond Fund.

Top banner photos: Jeff Blumenkrantz (Maximilian), Paul Groves (Candide), Janine LaManna (Paquette), and Kristin Chenoweth (Cunegonde); conductor Marin Alsop (all photos by Chris Lee).

Michael McCormick as the Baron Thunder-Ten-Tronck

In addition to the Baron Thunder-Ten-Tronck, Michael McCormick plays the Donald Trump-esque Inquisitor.

Patti LuPone (The Old Lady), Paul Groves (Candide), Kristin Chenoweth (Cunegonde), and Michael McElroy (Captain)

The finale of Act I, as the lovers, accompanied by The Old Lady, escape to the New World on the Captain's ship.

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