2/16/14

"Candide" at St. Charles Boromeo

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Harold Prince Broadway production, Theatre 20/20 "Visions for a New Millennium" is presenting the Leonard Bernstein/Richard Wilbur musical "Candide" on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM, from now through March 9 at St. Charles Boromeo Church, 1 Aitken Place/19 Sidney Place (between Jorelemon and State Streets) in Brooklyn Heights.

The exuberant young cast includes Ellie Bensinger as Cunegonde and Ryan Farnsworth as Candide. Bard College Conservatory graduate Ming Aldrich-Gan makes his debut as musical director/pianist. Production and artistic direction by Judith Jarosz and David Fuller

Tickets are $18 and are on sale now at the Theatre 20/20 box office.

The satirical tale of Candide was created by the 18th French philosopher Fran├žois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire).  The Leonard Bernstein/Lillian Hellman adaptation, with lyrics by Richard Wilbur/John LaTouche/Dorothy Parker, was first produced on Broadway in 1956. In 1973, Hugh Wheeler was commissioned by producer Hal Prince to condense the 1956 production, and new lyrics by Stephen Sondheim were added. This is the version presented by Theater 20/20 at St. Charles Boromeo.

Theatre 20/20 "Visions for a New Millennium" is dedicated to producing quality classical and contemporary plays and musicals at affordable prices, while nurturing both emerging artists and seasoned professionals.  The company, which explores non-traditional casting, currently operates under an Equity not-for-profit showcase arrangement, casting both union and non-union actors.

Watch for Theater 20/20's popular "Hearthside Reading Series", which opens on April 12 at 1:30 PM at the Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, and will include a reading of William Shakespeare's "King Lear" in May/June.

Theater 20/20 welcomes donations through its website.  You may also mail checks to Theater 20/20, Att: David Fuller, 57 Montague Street #7-I, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201.

Theater 20/20 is actively searching for a permanent home in Brooklyn Heights. If you have any leads, please email the company at theater2020@gmail.com. 

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