Metro Weekly

Candide at The Shakespeare Theatre


The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s first musical theater performance at Sidney Harman Hall comes with this magnificent comic operetta, boasting music by Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story) and lyrics by Richard Wilbur, with additional contributions from Stephen Sondheim and Dorothy Parker. Songs include “Make Our Garden Grow” and “Glitter and Be Gay.” Hugh Wheeler adapted the book from the original Voltaire satire, about an optimistic young man who faces many hilariously exaggerated misfortunes but clings to his belief that “all is for the best, in this best of all possible worlds.” Mary Zimmerman directs this adaptation, whose book adheres more closely to Voltaire’s original. A co-production with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. Opens in previews Friday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. Runs through Jan. 9. Sidney Harman Hall, Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F St. NW. Tickets are $20 to $108. Call 202-547-1122 or visit

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