LA OPERA: CANDIDE!
- By Deborah Behrens
- Photo Courtesy of LA Opera
Join Kelsey Grammer and Christine Ebersole for Leonard Bernstein’s round-the-world musical romp of Voltaire’s infamous 1759 satire Candide. Freewheeling and funny, satirical and soaring, Candide takes the audience on a whirlwind tour of human folly and foolishness. Brimming with youthful innocence, the buoyant Candide believes that he lives in the best of all possible worlds. But an unrelenting series of ridiculously unfortunate events makes him question everything he has been taught.
Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Kelsey Grammer (La Cage Aux Folles, Frasier) makes his opera debut doubling as both satirical author Voltaire and optimistic philosopher Pangloss while two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens, 42nd Street) makes her LA Opera debut in the riotous role of the Old Lady. This LA Opera company premiere celebrates the centenary of composer Leonard Bernstein whose brilliant score features some of musical theater’s greatest hits – from its exuberant overture to the show-stopping “Glitter and Be Gay” and the life-affirming “Make Our Garden Grow.” Don’t miss a rare opportunity to accompany this joyful hero on his journey from rapture to ruin to redemption.
“This was likely the best of all possible Candides.” – Opera Today
Plays Jan 27- Feb 18th. Six performances only. For more information, click here.