Constance Hauman singing “Glitter and Be Gay,” London, 1989.

Having received a favorable response to my May 26th post on the troubled history of 1956’s Candide (you can read the column here), fans of the musical asked for more. There were a stack of stories I couldn’t fit in due to space, with one in particular so wild it could easily fill an entire column on its own — and here it is. To get all the details straight, I went directly to the source: international opera soprano and composer, Constance Hauman. A longtime friend, Connie first told it to me around the time it happened more than thirty…

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