LMTO presents Candide with Rob Houchen in title role

NR 16-06-28 323 lowresThe London Musical Theatre Orchestra will return to Cadogan Hall next month with Leonard Bernstein and Hugh Wheeler’s Candide.

Previewing next year’s Bernstein centenary celebrations, the LMTO’s concert presentation of Candide will feature Rob Houchen (Les Misérables, Titanic) in the title role.

Candide follows on from the LMTO’s critically-acclaimed concert versions of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair, seasonal sell-out performances of Alan Menken’s musical A Christmas Carol, and the recent concert staging of Honeymoon in Vegas with the show’s composer Jason Robert Brown as guest conductor.

With LMTO founder and musical director Freddie Tapner returning to take up the baton, the 34-strong orchestra will be joined by a cast of West End stars at the prestigious London venue on 21 July. Further casting details are to be announced.

First performed as an operetta on Broadway in 1956, Bernstein’s musical Candide is based on the satirical novella by Voltaire. Additional lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Bernstein himself. Orchestrations are by Bernstein who also provides narration for the concert version with John Wells.

Angela Thomas


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