“Candide” is an odd show for non musical theater geeks. The classic staging with Bernstein’s music has experience many variations, but compiling the Hellman script with this lively staging creates something weird. Patti Lupone and Kristin Chenoweth keep the material traditional, but too many other actors split tasks. While that is typical for a smaller cast, the audience is allowed to accept too many quick shifts. For novice theater audiences, this might be a little too much.
The musical is far more interesting from a history standpoint. How many other musicals have Stephen Sondheim, Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman working on the lyrics? That many cooks in one kitchen has got to produce something good. Right? RIGHT?!?!?
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track