Candide

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2005
  • UPC: 014381276220
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,422

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Groves Candide
Kristin Chenoweth Cunegonde
Michael McCormick Baron Thunder-Ten-Tronck
Thomas Allen Dr. Pangloss
Patti LuPone The Old Lady
Marin Alsop Conductor
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Lonny Price Director
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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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Act I
      Act I
         New Menu Item
   Act II
      Act II
   Audio Selection
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      DTS 5.1
      Dolby Digital 2.0
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Outstanding...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Brilliant!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SO FUNNY!!

    This show is so funny..at first glance you don't expect it to be good at all...it has sudden humor and it has great music. the cast is amazing!

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