A theatrical concert presented in partnership with VocalEssence.


March 20 - 24, 2019
Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts

The Royal National Theatre Version
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler
In a New Version by John Caird
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur
Additional Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, and Leonard Bernstein

Directed by Peter Rothstein
Music Direction by Philip Brunelle
Starring Phinehas Bynum, Bradley Greenwald, Liv Redpath, Michael Fairbairn, Liz Hawkinson, G. Phillip Shoultz, III, Susan Hofflander, and Rodolfo Nieto.
VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
VocalEssence Chamber Chorus
Chamber Orchestra

A tale exploding with star-crossed lovers, melodramatic villains, broad comedy, and a beautiful score, Candide combines the power of opera with the delights of musical theatre. Wrapped in irony, this musical follows the optimistic young Candide in search of “the best of all possible worlds" on an extraordinary journey to reunite with his soulmate. An all-star cast will be joined by a full orchestra and a chorus of sixty--the perfect way to savor the epic beauty of Bernstein's remarkable score.




Phinehas Bynum (Candide), Michael Fairbairn (Vanderdender), Bradley Greenwald (Voltaire/Pangloss), Liz Hawkinson (Paquette), Susan Hofflander (The Old Woman), Liv Redpath (Cunégonde), G. Phillip Shoultz III (Governor), Philip Brunelle (Music Director), Photos by Bruce Silcox.


Rehearsal photos by Bruce Silcox

Promo photos by Allen Weeks