Photo by Ken Howard Jack Swanson, Erin Morley and Christine Ebersole


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Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA  90012
This year marks the centennial of Leonard Bernstein's birth, and L.A. Opera is among the numerous companies worldwide celebrating the work of the prolific composer. At tonight's opening of Candide, actor Kelsey Grammer (in two roles, as both Voltaire and Pangloss) and singer-actor Christine Ebersole (as Old Lady) provide the theatrical glitz in director Francesca Zambello's staging of Bernstein's merry opus, which splits the difference between operatic tradition and Broadway showiness. Based on Voltaire's satirical novel, Bernstein's adaptation of Candide is infused with memorable tunes ("Glitter and Be Gay," "I Am Easily Assimilated") and a plethora of sly lyrical bon mots supplied by a tag-team army of stellar librettists, including Lillian Hellman, Richard Wilbur, Dorothy Parker, Stephen Sondheim and Bernstein.
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