Candide

New York: Chelsea-Candide Company, 1974. Draft script for the 1974 production of the play, noted on the title page as the "Playing Version".). "Candide" premiered at the Broadway Theatre on March 10, 1974, playing for 740 performances, closing on January 4, 1976. Annotation in holograph marker of copy number "#13" on title page and several annotations in holograph pencil throughout highlighting dialogue and songs.

The second Broadway production of the comic operetta of Voltaire's 1759 novella. First performed in 1956 with a libretto by Lillian Hellman, but beginning with this 1974 revival, with a book by Hugh Wheeler, which is more faithful to the novel. This version, running at 105 minutes, omitted over half of the musical numbers from the original, and was known as the "Chelsea version". Opening in 1973 at stage director Robert Kalfin's Chelsea Theatre Center in the Brooklyn Academy of Music before moving to the Broadway Theatre in 1974 to enthusiastic notices and a two year run.

Also of note for this version was the staging. The Broadway Theatre itself was rebuilt for the production with walkways and platforms constructed around the auditorium with the audience seated on wooden benches in the middle of the action, and invited to eat peanuts during the show, adding to a circus-like atmosphere.

Winner of five 1974 Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical, nominated for Best Actor in a Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical, and Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Red Studio Duplicating Service vinyl titled wrappers. Title page present, dated January 1974, noted as Playing Version, with credits for Leonard Bernstein (music), Richard Wilbur (lyrics), Stephen Sondheim and John Latouche (additional lyrics), and Hugh Wheeler (book). 77 leaves, with last page of text numbered 76. Mimeograph duplication, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.


[Book #147953]

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