Candide NYC Reviews and Tickets

(39 Reviews)
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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.

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982 Reviews | 343 Followers
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. Read more

635 Reviews | 236 Followers
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.

416 Reviews | 255 Followers
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.

467 Reviews | 121 Followers
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.

366 Reviews | 91 Followers
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. Read more

350 Reviews | 42 Followers
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.

329 Reviews | 75 Followers
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.

311 Reviews | 59 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
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 resolve the stylistic tensions built into 'Candide'...But Mr. Prince keeps the storytelling focused and the stage action animated, especially during some wonderfully intricate ensemble scenes."
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The Wall Street Journal
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 always, is a masterpiece...There have been numerous rethinkings of 'Candide' in the past 35 years and this might have been an opportunity to look ahead, rather than indulge in nostalgia."
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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...Choreographer Birch contributes to the elegant segues in a challenging onslaught of crowded scene changes; and Charles Prince conducts with ear and baton finely attuned to the complicated goings-on."
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AM New York
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 still seemed to be finding its way and much of the humor failed to land."
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January 10th, 2017

"This particular mounting, using designs and staging that date back more than 30 years, feels more like an ‘old warhorse’ than a piece that's truly alive…This iteration feels as though the director wasn't heavily involved. The laughs rarely land, the physical production looked shopworn, and the ensemble just looked tired. Throughout, it resembles a Broadway show in the middle of a long run, desperate for freshening up after being in the hands of associates for several months."
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January 11th, 2017

"A rollicking production…Wheeler's much-improved book, tight as a drum for the first half, is retained...The storytelling tends to drag during the second...But happily the text is never less than witty and engaging. The terrific cast is composed of performers who not only do justice to the music, but who also get the cleverness of the lyrics and dialogue…If this sparkling mounting is any indication, New York City Opera is set to start achieving fuller grandness in 2017."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 13th, 2017

"The rift between what you feel (too little) and what you hear (too much) rapidly becomes a bug rather than a feature, with its various components waging a kind of bewildering civil war...Even so, the largely spectacular cast ensures it goes down easily...Alas, even when everything is right...a pervasive wrongness still makes its presence unavoidably felt. Prince has...done all he can to wrangle this beast, and his success at achieving that goal is obvious, even if the point of doing so isn't."
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January 11th, 2017

"The actors try valiantly to fend for themselves with expressions ranging from mournful to bemused to goofy. Couldn't Prince or Patricia Birch on the dances have found something for them to do other than just stand there?"
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