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Musical (1956)

Musique: Leonard Bernstein
Paroles: Richard Wilbur
Livret: Lillian Hellman

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Olivier Theatre
Durée : 9 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 101 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 06 avril 1999
Première : mardi 13 avril 1999
Dernière : mardi 25 janvier 2000
Mise en scène : Mark Mark Dorrell Dorrell
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Simon Russell Beale (Pangloss/Voltaire), Daniel Evans (Candide), Alex Kelly (Cunegonde) , Beverley Klein (Old Woman), Simon Day (Maximilian), Elizabeth Renihan (Paquette), Denis Quilley (Baron), Clive Rowe, David Burt, Alexander Hanson, Myra Sands, Richard Henders
Commentaires : New version by John Caird (1999)
Additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein
In spite of reservations over a small 14-piece band, and the consequent loss of the orchestral sweep of Bernstein’s score, this production was acclaimed as the very best in a whole succession of attempts to turn this sprawling, biting satire into a workable theatre piece. It had first been staged in the West End forty years earlier, with Denis Quilley in the title role - and he was once more in this revival, though in a different role. It ran until January of the following year.
Presse : CHARLES SPENCER of THE DAILY TELEGRAPH loved the show saying, "THIS may not be the best of all possible worlds but during the National's new production of Candide, you often believe you are watching the best of all possible musicals."

ALASTAIR MACAULEY of THE FINANCIL TIMES says, "It has a few faults and blips. Yet all the energies of those involved carry it, entertainingly and touchingly, along its long journey, until it arrives at a rich blend of wisdom and innocence that is as rare in the theatre as it is in life."

JOHN PETER of THE SUNDAY TIMES says, "This is a tremendous production: it is bursting with energy, intelligence, and sheer infectious pleasure of creative spirit."

BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE of THE TIMES says " A pacey, picaresque story needs a narrator, and gets a fine one from Simon Russell Beale, who saunters the stage informing us of devastating evils in cool, incisive style."

However, NICOLAS DE JONGH of THE EVENING STANDARD was more cool about the show, saying "The slant of Caird's distinctly winsome production and the music and songs leave me only medium-warm in appreciation of this fifties cult musical."

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