At the Schneider Theater...

Leonard Bernstein's Candide

March 1 - 3, 2018

Music by: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by: John Latouche, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman, Stephen Sondheim, John Mauceri & John Wells

Director: Melissa Hart

Music director: Anita Ruth

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“ . . . wistfully lyrical songs, impish caricatures of opera and skillfully rendered pastiches of everything from Renaissance sacred music to slinky tangos.” (Anthony Tommasini, NY times)

Hailed as one of the best musical theater scores ever written, Bernstein’s Candide is inspired by Voltaire’s satirical novella of the same name. This theatrical operetta is told with a twinkling wink of the eye and follows the optimistic young Candide on a remarkable journey to reunite with his wife-to-be. In an Artistry Theater first, we present a beloved musical in concert form, allowing audiences to savor the epic beauty of Bernstein’s score. Candide will be performed by ten exceptional theater artists sharing the stage with our critically acclaimed 23-piece orchestra. Conducted by Music Director Anita Ruth, this magical evening of music and story is a rare treat for musical theater lovers. 

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Candide – Ben Johnson
Cunegonde (select performances) – Courtney Groves
Cunegonde (select performances) – Suzie Juul
Voltaire – Gary Briggle*
The Old Lady – Melissa Hart*
Maximilian – Dom Wooten
Paquette – Becca Hart
The Governor – Paul Coate*
Ensemble – Corey deDanann
Ensemble – Sarah DeYong
Ensemble – Riley McNutt
Ensemble – C. Ryan Shipley
Ensemble – Kara Taft
Ensemble – John Humprey
Ensemble – Brian Lenz

*appears courtesy of Actor's Equity Association

Performance Calendar


Candide is a special concert event and will not hold a pay-what-you-can or ticketed preview performance.

Ticket Info

Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Box Office Phone: 952-563-8575

Adults: $41
Seniors (62+): $36
Next Generations (30 and Under): $12
($3 off Adult & Senior tickets for Wednesday/Thursday performances)

Next Generations Theater Access: Available to all patrons 30 and Under, more information can be found about this pilot program here.

Group Rates: Groups of 20 or more receive specially priced tickets. Please contact the Box Office for more information.

Exchanges: All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Season ticket holders may exchange tickets for another performance of the same show (subject to availability). Please call the Box Office for more information.

The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.