Glimmerglass

July 19 Glimmerglass: Candide

Andrew Stenson as Candide and Andrew Maughan as Cacambo in The 2015 Glimmerglass Festival production of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" (photo: Karli Cadel)

Glimmerglass’s ‘Candide’ makes political satire satisfying entertainment

Francesca Zambello demonstrates how a musical whose story is based entirely on politics and philosophy can ‘glitter and be gay’

By David Rubin

Leonard Bernstein’s Candide has never been, in any of its many versions, the best of all possible American musicals. The challenges it poses to a production team are simply too many…

July 18 Glimmerglass: Carousel

Glimmerglass’s ‘Carousel’ goes ‘round and ‘round on the strength of its music, not visuals

McKinny crafts a formidable anti-hero in Billy Bigelow, and the cast of Glimmerglass Young Artists does justice to Rogers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical

By David Abrams

At first glance, setting Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár’s dark and depressing drama Liliom as musical theater hardly seems like a winning formula for making a hit on Broadway…

July 13 Glimmerglass: Camelot

Glimmerglass premiere of ‘Camelot’ chivalrous, but hardly a knight to remember

David Pittsinger, as King Arthur, provided most of the magic in this pleasant but unspectacular production of the Lerner and Loewe musical

By David Abrams

Francesca Zambello’s courageous marketing decision to produce a blockbuster Broadway musical each season is not without its challenges…

July 14 Glimmerglass: The Music Man

Glimmerglass hits all the right notes in ‘The Music Man’

Singing, dancing and comedic acting all gel nicely in this rare acoustical production of the famed Broadway musical

By David Abrams

Composer Meredith Willson was so worried his listeners might miss words during the briskly paced patter (“talk-song”) sections…

July 16 Glimmerglass: Annie Get Your Gun

Glimmerglass’s Annie Get Your Gun: Deborah Voigt descends from Valhalla and makes a hit on Broadway

The acclaimed Wagnerian soprano trades Brünnhilde’s spear for a rifle and places her mark on the legendary wisecracking sharpshooter, Annie Oakley

By David Abrams

It may be a stretch to argue that anything Ethel Merman can do Deborah Voigt can do better…