La Scala to show edited version of controversial Candide

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Milan’s La Scala opera house said on Friday it would be showing Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Candide’ this summer but is likely to drop a scene showing world leaders dancing around in skimpy swimsuits.
Artistic director Stephane Lissner and Canadian director Robert Carsen are currently developing a “Milan version” of the show to begin on June 20, a press officer said.
La Scala announced in December it would be dropping “Candide” from its schedule because the scene depicting George Bush, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and Jacques Chirac dancing around drunk did not fit its “artistic programming”.
However, the opera house said in January it may run an edited version of the show that was performed at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris last year.

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