Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre hosts the Savoyards Musical Theatre, LTD for their production of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Candide’. ‘Candide’ premiered on Broadway in 1956. It was revised for a production in 1974, and the revisions since then have been too many to enumerate. It’s a demanding score, written for nearly operatic voices, and it is full of memorable tunes such as ‘Make Our Garden Grow’, ‘I Am Easily Assimilated’, ‘Eldorado’, and, of course, the coloratura tour-de-force ‘Glitter and Be Gay’. Those familiar with the original satire by Voltaire know that the settings jump around the world and the Savoyards solve this dilemma by placing the action within a nightclub, with the many characters portrayed by employees of the club.
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