Candide - Playhouse, QPAC - Tickets

Venue Playhouse, QPAC
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Dates From 23 Jul to 1 Aug 2015

From the creator of West Side Story, and based on the classic novel by Voltaire, Leonard Bernstein's Candide combines musical theatre, opera and satire in a truly original production exclusive to Brisbane.

Join Candide on his quest for love, happiness and the perfect world through war, earthquakes, famine and heartbreak. Despite epic disasters and unbelievable misfortune Candide holds fast to his optimistic belief that everything is always for the best… but is it?

A musical comedy of tragic proportions, Candide explores challenging themes with eccentric humour and dazzling energy – the thinking person's party piece. See Bernstein's brilliance up close in the Playhouse - with showstoppers Glitter and Be Gay and Make our Garden Grow, rollicking choruses, quirky staging and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra - on stage and larger-than-life.

Directed by Lindy Hume, Candide features a cast of stars including David Hobson as our hero Candide and Amelia Farrugia as his faithless lover Cunegonde. Bryan Probets joins them as the misguided philosopher Dr Pangloss, and Christine Johnston from the Kransky Sisters will delight as the Old Lady with half a buttock!

Showing for a limited season and sung in English, Candide is for music lovers and opera adventurers alike.

The eternal search of the eternal optimist begins in July at the Playhouse, QPAC.

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Music by Leonard Bernstein, book by Hugh Wheeler after Voltaire, Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, with additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein
Orchestrations by Leonard Bernstein and Hershey Kay
Musical continuity and additional orchestrations by John Maucer

"Bryan Probets gives a career-defining performance in this very funny, utterly likable and deceptively moving night in the theatre. Christine Johnston's Old Lady with only one buttock... it's roll-in-the-aisles stuff, true to her Kransky Sisters pedigree..." Arts Hub

"Opera. Dark, heavy and boring, right Wrong! Candide is the complete opposite. It is light, funny charming and very engaging." The Australian

"Opera Queensland's Candide - WOW! Seriously stunning, superb talent - go see it. You will cry laughing, guaranteed." Scenestr

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