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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if You can somehow score tickets! GLORIOUS music and performances brilliantly directed.
Don't see it if You don't like Bernstein and have no appreciation for a masterpiece.
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