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The 5th Avenue Theatre
Located between University and Union 1308 5th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101
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6 reviews
2 stars
I rode the bus downtown and back home. No fuss, no parking, no high fees, it was wonderful!
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1 review
2 stars
I hopped on the 545 route along 4th/ 5th Aves for Thursday's matinee, and enjoyed happy hour at McCormick's on 4th afterwards while waiting out rush hour.
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4.2 average rating
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5 reviews
3 stars
attended May 25 2010

What a great show! I thought this was the best of the 5th Avenue season this year! What a way to end. The voices were great, the story wonderful, the acting stellar. Highly, highly recommend going to see this musical.

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4 reviews
5 stars
attended May 26 2010

I thought it was too long and the songs were not memorable. This is a play where the lyrics need to be understood and it didn't happen - especially with the lead soprano. Set and lighting were inventive.

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4 reviews
2 stars
attended Jun 01 2010

Terrific singing and staging in this minimalist, modern-day version of Candide. (Although overall I preferred the NY City Opera's 2008 production of the Hugh Wheeler version.) Our seats were excellent!

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Music by Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, with additional lyrics by Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, John Latouche, Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein

Book adapted from Voltaire’s novel by Hugh Wheeler, in a new version by John Caird

Having been taught by his beloved tutor, Dr. Pangloss, that “everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds” our handsome, yet hapless, hero Candide sets off on an epic journey to find his one true love — the beautiful Cunegonde. Along the way he encounters wars, plagues, shipwrecks, earthquakes, pirates, swindlers, the Old World, the New World, the fabled lost city of Eldorado, and the Spanish Inquisition! Inspired by Voltaire’s classic satire this legendary musical features a sparkling score by the great Leonard Bernstein that includes the famous “Candide Overture”, the hilarious and bravura showstopper “Glitter And Be Gay”, and the moving and inspiring anthem “Make Our Garden Grow”. This Seattle premiere offers you the rare opportunity to experience one of “the best musicals you’ve never seen!”