In between liturgies this afternoon, I enjoyed the Iowa State production of Candide. I was familiar with the overture, which was very competently done by a 32-piece orchestra that played from the rear of the stage. Leonard Bernstein’s music for the songs, I was far less acquainted with. One of the poets I studied in high school, Richard Wilbur, was responsible for some/most of the lyrics. I read a bit online about the operetta after I saw it, but it didn’t give me much useful information.
I’m not necessarily a fan of Bernstein, but I really enjoyed the music today. Better than I remember West Side Story. The story, perhaps, is not quite as good. Three hours is a long rambling journey. It was creatively set with costumes and minimal props (tables and chairs, pretty much), but the production team did quite well with the material.
I knew a handful of students singing and playing in the orchestra. It was very cool to see them in their element.