Candide

Off-Broadway Revival (1973)

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Dr. Voltaire / Dr. Pangloss / Governor / Host / Sage
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Candide
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Paquette
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Baron / Grand Inquisitor / Slave Driver / 1st Sailor
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Cunegonde
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Maximilian
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2nd Recruiter / Rich Jew / Judge / Man in Black / Cartagenian / Pirate / German Botanist / Guest
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Old Lady
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Chinese Coolie / Westphalian Soldier / Priest / Spanish Don / Rosary Vendor / Sailor / Lion / Guest
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Huntsman / 1st Recruiter / Agent / Executioner / Spanish Don / Cartagenian / Priest / 3rd Sailor / Eunuch

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  • [Overture .... Orchestra]*
  • Life Is Happiness Indeed .... Candide, Cunegonde, Maximillian, Paquette
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds (ii) .... Dr. Pangloss, Candide, Cunegonde, Maximillian, Paquette
  • Oh Happy We .... Candide, Cunegonde
  • It Must Be So .... Candide
  • O Miserere .... Three members of the company (Lynne Gannaway, Gail Boggs, Marti Morris)
  • Oh Happy We (Reprise) .... Candide, Cunegonde
  • Glitter and Be Gay .... Cunegonde
  • Auto da fe (What a Day) .... Company
  • This World .... Candide
  • You Were Dead, You Know .... Candide, Cunegonde
  • I Am Easily Assimilated .... Old Lady, Three Spanish Dons
  • I Am Easily Assimilated (Reprise) .... Old Lady, Candide, Cunegonde
  • My Love .... Governor
  • Alleluia .... Company
  • Sheep's Song .... 1st Sheep, 2nd Sheep, Lion, Paquette, Candide
  • Bon Voyage .... Governor and Company
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds (ii) (Reprise) .... Old Lady, Candide, Paquette, 1st Sheep, 2nd Sheep
  • You Were Dead, You Know (Reprise) .... Candide, Cunegonde
  • Make Our Garden Grow .... Company

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Trivia & History

For our song list for this production, we have made certain changes from the song list in the production's program. 

Rather than list the performers for each number by character name, the program listed the last names of the actors. Our usual policy, whenever possible, is to list the characters, even when the program lists the actors.

Although most of the actors in this production played multiple roles, there was only one number in which it was difficult to determine which character names to list. That number is "O, Miserere." The program listed three members of the company, but (as a view at the published script and score confirmed) they did not perform it as any of their listed characters but rather when they representated figures in a stained-glass window. We have chosen to list the performers as "Three members of the company," and to then list their names in parentheses.

For one number, we diverged from the title listed in the program. This was for the number listed as "Fons Pietatis." Many versions of the score do contain a section using those Latin words from the Requiem Mass, but they occur in the Lisbon sequence (the Auto-da-fé), whereas the program for this production listed the "Fons Pietatis" in the spot in which the "Alleluia" was sung when the production movied to Broadway. The published script and score also place the "Alleluia" there. As it seems to us unlikely (though not impossible) that the "Fons Pietatis" was used in that spot in this production, we are guessing that this was an error in the program and we have adjusted it accordingly.

We have chosen to retain the program's listing of "My Love" as a solo for Lewis J. Stadlen (playing the Governor at that point), even though it does seem likely that Sam Freed (Maximillian) also sang in the number, as he later did in the Broadway transfer.

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