Leonard Bernstein's musical adaptation of the classic Voltaire comedy gets an impressive new staging with a stellar cast in this made-for-television semi-staged adaptation. Paul Groves stars as Candide, the illegitimate son of Baron Thunder-Ten-Tronck (Michael McCormick), who has been taught by the idealistic Dr. Pangloss (Sir Thomas Allen) that "all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds." However, Candide is sent away from his home in Westphalia when the baron learns that Candide has become romantically involved with his daughter Cunegonde (Kristin Chenoweth), and it isn't long before his experiences wandering the world put his optimistic views to a severe test. Leonard Bernstein's Candide also features Patti LuPone as The Old Lady, with Marin Alsop leading the New York Philharmonic Orchestra; this recording of Lonny Price's acclaimed production was originally created for the PBS series Great Performances.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2005
UPC: 0014381276220
Original Release: 2004
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:56:00

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Overture [2:41]
2. Life Is Happiness Indeed [7:35]
3. Best of All Possible Worlds [3:28]
4. Oh, Happy We [4:47]
5. It Must Be So (Candide's First Meditation) [4:34]
6. Westphalia Chorale [2:34]
7. Dear Boy [5:43]
8. Auto-Da-Fe' [4:33]
9. Candide's Lament [3:46]
10. Paris Waltz Scene [2:40]
11. Glitter and Be Gay [7:22]
12. You Were Dead, You Know [12:33]
13. I Am Easily Assimilated [4:25]
14. Quartet Finale [3:23]
15. Entr'acte [2:11]
16. My Love (Governor's Serenade) [5:06]
17. We Are Women (Polka) [3:55]
18. Alleluia [3:33]
19. Quiet [3:39]
20. Introduction to Eldorado [1:10]
21. Sheep Song [1:49]
22. Ballad of Eldorado [5:04]
23. Bon Voyage [2:54]
24. What's the Use [9:41]
25. Make Our Garden Grow (Finale) [6:07]
26. End Credits [:47]

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Candide 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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This is the best ensemble anyone could ask for. The musical selection for this particular version of Candide is nothing short of perfect. Kristin Chenoweth is unbelievable, as always. Truly a laugh-out-loud performance!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This show is so first glance you don't expect it to be good at has sudden humor and it has great music. the cast is amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fantastic performance, cleverly staged with the orchestra onstage with the performers. An innovative set design allows the performers to move around both in front of and in between the orchestra and chorus, and there are many clever and humorous bits of stage direction. Many other reviewers have mentioned Kristen Chenowith, but I also have to single out Paul Groves as Candide, who is absolutely phenomenal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Performers and ensemble are incredible - must single out the lovely Patti LuPone, who was divine as always. Her 'I Am Easily Assimilated' and Chenoweth's' Glitter and Be Gay' should be counted among the best performances in musical theatre.
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