My family listened to Broadway musicals all the time when I was growing up in Wisconsin. All the main ones: Oklahoma, South Pacific, Carousel, Sound of Music, and of course, My Fair Lady.

But we also had recordings of less popular shows, like Tenderloin, The Pajama Game, Irma La Douce and Kismet.

One I got hooked on big-time was Candide, which was produced in the late 50s.  Book by Voltaire, with a generous modern assist by Lillian Hellman, a very young Stephen Sondheim and others. And music by Leonard Bernstein. Wonderful, original music by Leonard Bernstein.

Tomorrow I finally get to see an actual production. The Goodman Theater in Chicago has a brand new production directed by Mary Zimmerman and it has received wonderful reviews.

I am going with Jan, a friend I grew up with who was also a musical fan, and her sister Sara, who’s joining us from Wisconsin. If you’re interested in what we thought of the production, come back here tomorrow and find out.

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