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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Funny

About the show

New York City Opera presents a new production of Leonard Bernstein's iconic musical, directed by Tony winner Harold Prince and featuring Tony winner Linda Lavin. More…

In this musical adaptation of Voltaire's satirical novel, the naïve Candide is separated from his beloved Cunegonde. He journeys around the world to find her, retaining his teacher Pangloss' belief that "this is the best of all possible worlds" in the face of ever-increasing catastrophes.

Member Reviews (39)


Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Funny
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Ambitious, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Fast-paced

See it if This is a top-notch production. Cand is notoriously hard to get right. Hal P is still a genius at staging. Lots of good singers/actors.

Don't see it if you tire of broad humor. Or you want all voices to be stellar (Lavin's in not). Or you want big dance numbers. Lyrics are hard to hear.

Also The staging reminded me a bit of Prince's Sweeney Todd, using lots of ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if You love a big, classic, rarely-produced musical comedy with a phenomenal score, performed by a huge, top-notch cast and orchestra.

Don't see it if You don't like whimsical, epically tall tales or shows that are quasi-operettas. This show doesn't have the most logical of storylines.

Hal prince makes candide sparkle

See it if Best Candide yet. Prince seems to have tamed the sprawling book. Jay Armstrong Johnson is charming as Candide. The operatic leads are great.

Don't see it if Sets and costumes are splendid. The score is pure Bernstein gold, but the orchestra sounded a bit thin. Ashmaskas and Zien are hilarious.

Great singing, Entertaining, Great score, fine cast

See it if you want to hear a beautifully sung production of the great Bernstein score. If not the best of all possible Candides, still very satisfying

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Bernstein's music. I am.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Entertaining, Flat, Delightful

See it if You've never seen it & can sit up front for full sound & effect. Picerno is amazing, Wright affecting & Lavin Lavin but the whole never gels

Don't see it if You've high expectations or dislike broad farce. For Prince, a surprisingly flat & flatly staged production that never matches the score.

Also A good attempt to breathe life into NYCO, this Candide never catches u... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Great singing, Dated

See it if You like the source material, Bernstein, or musical operettas (Gilbert & Sullivan, Sweeney Todd).

Don't see it if You dislike farce, pastiche, sopranos, religious criticism (albeit from an 18th century Enlightenment perspective), or orchestras.

Also Just as random, salacious, scathing, and entertaining as Voltaire's so... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Candide in all of its glory. Social commentary, musical theater and Bernstein.

Don't see it if No reason not to.

Great singing, Dizzying, Fluffy, Silly

See it if you want to see the wonderful Linda Lavin and an all around good cast. Beautiful singing and some amusing comic performances.

Don't see it if you have a hard time suspending disbelief. This is a silly, over the top show that should be more fun. It didn't live up to it's potential.

Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you're a Broadway completest and have never seen the show

Don't see it if you need a surefooted plot and don't like pieces that meander

Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great staging

See it if want an entertaining operetta (it's really more like a B'Way Show) with excellent signing and great performances. The score is a classic

Don't see it if Don't like operatic-type of singing

Ambitious, Beautiful

See it if you love wry opera-type shows with beautiful harmonies

Don't see it if you're hard of hearing/are unfamiliar with the story going in. There are some sound issues.

Funny, Silly, Underwhelming, Classic bernstein score, Confusing

See it if you know and like the score and have never seen the show.

Don't see it if you've seen it before or your expectations are high.

Good, if somewhat underpowered musically

See it if Ends Today. I'm so glad I got to see this CANDIDE, one of the great B'way musical scores. Linda Lavin is fantastic as the Old Lady. Really..

Don't see it if everybody is working so hard running around, up & down stairs. Gregg Edelman and all the cast are +++. City Opera should be happy & proud.

Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Terrific costumes, Tuneful orchestra

See it if you enjoy Leonard Bernstein music. See it if you want to see Linda Lavin steal the show. She was just terrific.

Don't see it if you need to be entertained every minute of the show as there are a few slow spots. Do not see it if you want the book to make total sense.

Funny, Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if City Opera came back on a high note with this slightly edited "Opera Version" of the much maligned CANDIDE. What a great cast giving all!

Don't see it if you wanted to see a simply "la la" show. Or HAMILTON.

Great score, Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if Have never seen Candide and even if you have. Mr. Prince gets this one right with the exception of miscast Ms. Lavin. She drags it down.

Don't see it if Don't like whimsy or silliness used to as a vehicle for profundity.

Also Saw 3'rd performance. Other scorer's sound and understanding lyrics pr... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Harold Prince once again shows his extraordinary gift for creating a charming an outstanding piece!

Don't see it if If great Bernstein music and a relevant theme are not your thing.

Dated, Fluffy, Cliched, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if If you like older musicals with a phenomenal cast and creative team.

Don't see it if If you prefer a deep plot and well written book. It's an incredibly fluffy and under-thought piece.

Also The cast and creative team is amazing however. They alone make it wort... Read more Read less

Mediocre, Disappointing, Weak principals, Pushed to hard

See it if you have never seen a great production of this masterpiece -- this one isn't. Revival of NYCO original without the operatic quality.

Don't see it if expect an opera company to have uniformly qualified singers singing. Why do Candide without a singer capable of singing the title role?

Also Candide is a satire, but this production pushes the humor way too hard... Read more Read less

Dated, Delightful, Great staging, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if you like operettas, you like simple plots, you like old-fashioned shows brought back to life

Don't see it if you don't enjoy operetta, or silly and old-school plots

Dated, Entertaining, Great singing, Slow, Refreshing

See it if This was a rare chance to see Bernstein's masterful score performed in a full production.

Don't see it if I now understand why the show is not staged. I doesn't really work on stage.

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Quirky

See it if you love a great score. Glorious Bernstein music! Colorful characters and staging.

Don't see it if you dislike operetta-style musicals and broad performances.

Delightful, Great singing, Clever, Funny, Masterful

See it if you want to see Bernstein's glorious music performed exceptionally. Armstrong's an endearing Candide. Picerno's Cunegonde is a revelation!

Don't see it if you can't follow a complicated (albeit hilarious) story. Otherwise, this is a magnificent production of this Bernstein favorite.

Clever, Delightful, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a very good production of the Leonard Bernstein and Hugh Wheeler classic based on Voltaire. Great singing and music.

Don't see it if you are not willing to take a journey that is concerned with ideas rather than a simple plot.

Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if . If you are familiar with "Candide" then you will enjoy this traditional mounting of the show. Jay Armstrong Johnson is awesome.

Don't see it if You want to see something deep or edgy

Also Having worked on "Candide" in college, it is a show with which I am ex... Read more Read less

January 9th, 2017
"With Mr. Prince’s inventive, reworked staging, some tweaks and trims and other changes, not to mention a winning cast drawn from both theater and opera, this 'Candide' represents an encouraging forward step for the reconstituted company...No production, including this one, manages completely to ...
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January 10th, 2017
"The numbers still speed along, and pauses for reflection go by too fast to touch the heart…Cast with a mix of opera and musical-theater performers, all amplified. For the most part, the opera singers had the edge…Prince led the orchestra in a workmanlike, rather stolid performance…The score, as ...
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January 12th, 2017
"Is it opera? Musical theater? Call it what you will, 'Candide' taps gleefully into each of those disparate worlds, offering an effervescent tonic in trying times. It all but fizzes before your eyes...The production is deftly anchored by Broadway veteran Edelman...The revelation is Picerno...Chor...
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January 12th, 2017
"The score is extraordinary, but the multiple rewrites have demonstrated the difficulty of balancing the score with an episodic structure, satirical edge and political commentary...Prince's production is overstuffed and overcrowded but often entertaining. At my performance last weekend, the cast ...
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