• Moritz’ staging…was smooth, lucid, buoyant. What an evening of theatre!

    The Berkshire Eagle
  • Under the stage direction of Alison Moritz…Bernstein’s problem-child seemed more like a wunderkind.

    The Berkshire Eagle
  • In an evening of unending joys and marvel, the particular joy of this production was its exuberant, impudent sense of play; its smart invention and imagination; the breathtaking skill and talent to pull it off...

    The Berkshire Eagle
  • Bernstein and all his creative partners would have been exhilarated by this Candide. Regrettably, it had only two brilliant performances.

    Berkshire On Stage
  • The Knights’ production was supremely satisfying and intelligent, emphasizing equally the show’s dazzling orchestral music, delicious book, glorious lyrics and carefully calibrated comic acting.

    The Berkshire Edge
  • …the comedy is often intercut with unexpected passages of great poignancy.

    Classical Scene

Production Details

Production Highlights

  • New Production
  • Tanglewood Music Festival, August 2018
  • Presented by The Knights

Creative Team

Alison Moritz
Eric Jacobsen
John Heginbotham
Production Designer:
Aaron Copp
Costume Designer:
Amanda Seymour
Hair and Makeup:
Tommy Kurzman
Christopher Duggan

A Message From Alison

Leonard Bernstein’s delicious operetta takes us around the world in under three hours, following our hero’s picaresque adventures and vast changes of fortune as he encounters a dazzling array of characters (and caricatures).

But how to evoke all this on the concert stage?  

Maestro Eric Jacobsen and I have re-imagined Bernstein’s baroque romp as a clown-car of a production - a compact package consisting of a one ring circus tent, a single trunk containing props, and a lean ensemble of 13 singers and dancers. In this production, Voltaire’s “best of all possible world’s” becomes “the greatest show on Earth,” and a modern circus provides a new context in which to explore the humor in violence, the hope in tragedy, our fantasies and our fears.


Production Photos

  • A scene from a live stage production of Candide, directed by Alison Moritz.
  • A scene from a live stage production of Candide, directed by Alison Moritz.
  • A scene from a live stage production of Candide, directed by Alison Moritz.