Best of All Possible Shows: UA Presents Bernstein’s ‘Candide’
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama’s department of theatre and dance presents the classic musical “Candide,” with music by Leonard Bernstein, from Tuesday, April 20, to Sunday, April 25, in Morgan Auditorium on Stadium Drive in the UA Theatre District.
Based on the scandalous novella by Voltaire, this effervescent operetta is renowned for the opportunities it offers to singers with its colorful and varied score. Add a few more tweaks by lyricists Richard Wilbur and Stephen Sondheim, and the classic tale is transformed into what has become an enormously popular modern piece of satire.
Join Candide as he makes his way out of an Edenic paradise into the harsh realities of the world beyond, where with humor and directness he contends with the age-old problem of evil by taking on religion, government, philosophies and — most of all — optimism.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased from noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Theatre & Dance Box Office in Rowand-Johnson Hall, by phoning 205/348-3400 or online at www.theatre.ua.edu. This production is appropriate for ages 12 and older.
The department of theatre and dance is part of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, the University’s largest division and the largest liberal arts college in the state. Students from the College have won numerous national awards including Rhodes Scholarships, Goldwater Scholarships and memberships on the USA Today Academic All American Team.
The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.