Musical - Original

Martin Beck Theatre

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  • Opening Date: December 1, 1956
  • Closing Date: February 2, 1957
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  • Performances: 73

Music: Leonard Bernstein

Book: Lillian Hellman

Lyrics: Dorothy Parker, John Latouche, Richard Wilbur


In this musical adaptation of Voltaire's satirical novel, the naïve Candide is separated from his beloved Cunegonde and journeys around the world to find her, retaining his teacher Pangloss's belief that "this is the best of all possible worlds" in the face of ever-increasing catastrophes.


Opening Night Cast

Max Adrian Martin
Dr. Pangloss
Barbara Cook in Candide Barbara Cook Scrub Lady
Irra Petina Old Lady
Madame Sofronia
Robert Rounseville Candide
Peggyann Alderman Singer
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Opening Night Production Credits

Lillian Hellman Lillian Hellman Book
Leonard Bernstein Leonard Bernstein Music
  Richard Wilbur Lyrics
  John Latouche Lyrics
  Dorothy Parker Lyrics
  Tyrone Guthrie Director
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Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1957 Conductor and Musical Director Samuel Krachmalnick Nominee
1957 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Irene Sharaff Nominee
1957 Featured Actress in a Musical Irra Petina Nominee
1957 Musical Lillian Hellman
Leonard Bernstein
Richard Wilbur
1957 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Oliver Smith Nominee
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