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5/9 & 5/12 Candide discount offer from Kennedy Center

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The Washington National Opera"s contribution to the Bernstein centennial celebration (including Denyce Graves as the "easily assimilated" old woman).

The Kennedy Center is offering tickets for $45 for orchestra seats for the performance of WNO: Candide in the Opera House on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 and Saturday, May 12 at 7 pm. Tickets are regularly as high as $179 in these areas.

You can click the link below and your discount will appear automatically. If you call (202-467-4600) or stop by the Box Office for the discount, be sure to mention Offer Number "296958" See you at the Kennedy Center!

WNO: Candide

Happily ever after has finally met its match.

Music by Leonard Bernstein / Book Adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler in a New Version by John Caird / Lyrics by Richard Wilbur with Additional Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, and Leonard Bernstein

In English with Projected English Titles

Production from The Glimmerglass Festival

Part of the Kennedy Center Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration


Embrace a sunny outlook and everything will be OK, right? Not so in Leonard Bernstein's funny, philosophical, and fast-paced take on Voltaire's biting satire, which annihilates any notions of hope with its dizzying display of human depravity and catastrophic disasters. When young Candide's marriage proposal to a baron's daughter doesn't quite go as planned, this naïve student of optimism is thrust into an eye-opening odyssey across lands near and far, discovering the horrors of existence at every turn.

War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of Candide still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today.

Performance Timing:  Act I - 76 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act II - 63 min.

Candide: Alek Shrader

Cunegonde: Emily Pogorelc

The Old Lady: Denyce Graves

Pangloss/Voltaire: Wynn Harmon


Conditions: Offer subject to availability.  Not valid in combination with any other offer.  Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Service fees may apply.

Restrictions: Offer valid on all remaining orchestra seats for the performances of Washington National Opera: Candide on 5/9 & 5/12 only

Edited by lmspear

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