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(Vocal Selections). Expanded edition based on the published vocal score, featuring a Bernstein biography, notes on the show and songs, and manuscript facsimiles. With 13 songs, including complete version of "Make Our Garden Grow."
"A scintillating score, a brilliant pastiche... the century's wittiest operetta score. It is spirited and richly melodic." -Daily News
"Enormous fun... Bright moments burst out all over the theatre." -Newsday
The original version of CANDIDE opened on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on December 1, 1956, with a book by playwright Lillian Hellman (who had never worked on a musical before), music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by poet Richard Wilbur, John Latouche and Dorothy Parker. The original cast included Robert Rounseville (Candide), Max Adrian (Pangloss), Irra Petina (Old Lady) and future Broadway legend Barbara Cook (Cunegonde). Despite its distinguished pedigree, the show ran only 73 performances. Critics faulted Hellman's book for its overly serious approach to the source material (word was she saw in Voltaire's 1758 satire an allegory for the McCarthyism of the 1950's). Faced with Bernstein's eclectic score, they were also confused as to whether they should consider CANDIDE an opera, operetta or musical comedy. The show attained a cult following with the release of its original-cast album. The recording led critics and musical theatre fans to a new appreciation of the score (the overture quickly became a concert staple throughout the world), and CANDIDE soon developed a reputation as a show with a glorious score crippled by an unworkable book. This was reinforced in subsequent productions and concert stagings at the Theater Group of UCLA (featuring Carroll O'Connor as Pangloss and directed by Gordon Davidson, who would later head the Mark Taper Forum), New York's Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall, featuring Madeline Kahn as Cunegonde and Alan Arkin as Pangloss), and the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington (featuring comedian Robert Klein as Pangloss).