The Royal National Theatre Version
Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Book adapted from Voltaire by HUGH WHEELER
In a new version by JOHN CAIRD
Lyrics by RICHARD WILBUR
Additional lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM, JOHN LATOUCHE, LILLIAN HELLMAN, DOROTHY PARKER, and LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Directed by TERRENCE J. NOLEN
On the F. Otto Haas Stage
September 11 - October 19, 2008
A bold and brand new version of Voltaire's wicked satire, this sexy, funny musical cuts to the core and will rock, shock and thrill you! Leonard Bernstein's legendary score is brought to vivid life by an all-star cast of Philadelphia's finest, including Ben Dibble as Candide, Scott Greer as Dr. Pangloss, and Mary Martello as the Old Woman with one buttock. Expect the unexpected.
This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.
Candide was made possible in part by a grant from the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, a program of the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts.
Mature in content, recommended for 10th grade and older.
"Richly satisfying... a gorgeous evening of entertainment... so fast, so clever and so remarkably precise as to dazzle. Q.E.D.: Don't miss this one." –Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's inventively staged, beautifully sung, and performed with gusto. In short, it's a wonderful production... From the casting to the singing to the costumes, this is a terrific production of a show that more people should know." –Talkin' Broadway
"...an impressive cast... the ensemble is physically, vocally and dramatically impressive. The company does well by Bernstein;s score." –Chestnut Hill Local
"The best of all possible ways to start the Philadelphia season is at the Arden." –WRTI
"Bernstein would be happy at last... Ben Dibble and Scott Greer are spectacular, and they're surrounded by a large cast with no weak links... the choral singing is sensational." –Broad Street Review
"The totality of this vibrant, masterful show gets our theatre season off to pretty much 'The Best of All Possible' beginnings." –Philadelphia City Paper
"A great production... marvelously performed by the large cast and skillfully directed by Terrence J. Nolen." –Philadelphia Weekly
"A fantastic cast of vocalists... fast-paced, utterly engaging ensemble members create a spectacle just as engaging as the main plot." –The Bulletin
"...the excellence of the Arden players makes this a more than worthwhile trip. Arden's Candide
is sprightly, keenly absurdist and intimate." –The Metro
"Strong ensemble cast and some of Philly's finest musical actors... there is so much to admire in this production." –EDGE Philadelphia
"A splendid cast... one magical and amusing image after another... richly comic." –Variety
"Ben Dibble is fantastic in the title role... master actor Jeff Coon shines as various characters and joins a talented supporting cast. A key part of the Arden is their versatile stage. Each show brings a new and interesting configuration that leaves no bad seat in the house." –County Press
"Each and every one of the ensemble numbers are spot on. A wicked good performance." –Philadelphia Magazine
Behind the Scenes–
David Patrick Stearns profiles Candide
on WRTI 90.1-FM's Creatively Speaking
, including interviews with Arden cast members and director Terrence J. Nolen. [Listen
David Patrick Stearns interviews Candide
lyricist Richard Wilbur on WRTI 90.1-FM's Creatively Speaking