The lake has (finally) thawed, spring is in the air, and this summer’s army of admins, designers, crew, technical staff, and singers will be arriving before we know it. We’re very excited to get the summer 2018 season started but WAIT! There are 2 more shows we want you to get excited about before June rolls around: Leonard Bernstein’s tongue-in-cheek operetta Candide and Jerry Herman’s classic American musical Mame.
As you might know, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Bernstein is arguably one of America’s most celebrated and beloved composers, and nearly every major opera, orchestra, and young artist program is performing one or more of his works in tribute. Here at Seagle, Bernstein’s daring European pastiche Candide will open our 2018 season. With a rousing story that travels all over the world (both geographically and musically), audiences are sure to recognize Bernstein’s melodies and chuckle at the hilarity and surprising relatability of the story. French satirist Voltaire wrote the original novella, but much of his humor would feel right at home in a Monty-Python-esque comedy. Bernstein’s son Jamie noted that the work is often referred to as Bernstein’s valentine to Europe because of the way he affectionately raided every European song and dance form he could think of in the process of composing the music. The music is chock full of crowd pleasers – the soprano showstopper “Glitter and Be Gay” requires a deft combination of comic acting and technical finesse with high notes for days, while the closing ensemble “Make Our Garden Grow” is just loud enough and just sincere enough it *just* might restore a little bit of your faith in humanity. You may have heard this number at the Patrice Munsel Gala back in 2016 – don’t be surprised if it makes a comeback this season both on the Oscar Seagle Memorial Stage and off.