Leonard Bernstein’s Life and Iconic Musical Candide

Feb 22, 2018

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Bernstein, a legendary composer, educator, and humanitarian, was born in August 25, 1918. To celebrate this milestone, orchestras and theatres around the world are preforming his vast range of work.

Toy Theatre Designer/Fabricator Matt A. Acheson and Director Susan V. Booth during a workshop for the Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony’s production of Candide,
Credit A’riel Tinter

Here in Atlanta, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre are teaming up for a production of Candide, one of Bernstein’s most iconic musicals. That show and Bernstein’s life are the topic of this edition of “Two Way Street.”

The Alliance’s Susan Booth and the ASO’s Evan Mirageas join us for this music-filled conversation about their big plans for an already big musical.

Hear about their search for their Cunegonde, a role that Barbara Cook played in the original Broadway production of Candide. We’ll discuss Cook’s audition for that challenging role and what kind of performer it demands today.