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Monday, June 28, 2010

Video Fun - Kristin Chenoweth as Cunegonde

Couldn't resist tacking this one on. It's Kristin Chenoweth (the original Glinda in Wicked, more recently seen in Glee). Here she is as Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide. Paul Groves is in the title role as the homeloving innocent Candide, while Cunegonde is a much flightier character. They are engaged, and sing here of what they're looking forward to in their marriage. Their aspirations are not quite the same...

And here's Kristin again doing a great job on Cunegonde's aria "Glitter and be Gay". She and Candide became separated by war and natural disasters so never got married. Still, Cunegonde is one of those women who, no matter what befalls them, land on their feet (passing through an intermediate stage of flat on their backs). Here she sings of how dreadful it is to be a fallen woman: and yet the role does have its compensations......

Finally Cunegonde and Candide get back together, wiser and more realistic. The final chorus (which starts with just the two of them) is "Make Our Garden Grow". I don't think even the big tunes from West Side Story beat this one.


At 06 July, 2010 14:28, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

I loved her most as Olive on Pushing Daisies, a short lived series that probably did not make it out of the US

At 09 July, 2010 15:06, Blogger Rob said...

Joe - we had Pushing Daisies, ending a year or so back. Great fun, I agree. And yes, KC was great as Olive.


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