Hangar Theatre Hosts the Best of All Possible Worlds

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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. http://wskg.org/audio/CANDIDE.mp3

 

Photo credit: Savoyards Musical Theatre, LTD

Gilbert & Sullivan's collegiate satire feels at home in the Finger Lakes

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Gilbert & Sullivan’s satire on women’s education, Princess Ida, has been relocated to a thinly disguised Wells College in the late 1800s by Anthony Di Renzo. The Cornell Savoyards are on a tour of this version, now appearing at the Endicott Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 10th at 3pm. Two wealthy robber barons unite to launder their ill-gotten gains by founding a college, but the high-minded daughter of one of them refuses to cooperate, and opens her own university. http://wskg.org/audio/Idafinal.mp3

 

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The Cornell Savoyards present Gilbert & Sullivan's "Princess Ida"

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Stage Director Judith Pratt talks about the Cornell Savoyards’ production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Princess Ida. It’s both a satire on women’s education and the misogynistic views of it prevalent in the Victorian Era. The Savoyards have set this production in the era of the Robber Barons of the late 1800’s and, specifically, at Wells College. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wskg/local-wskg-1040122.mp3