How do you pronounce 'Candida'?

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For its 2004 production of "Candida," McCarter Theatre provided this note:

"Shaw's 'Candida' is not pronounced 'Can-deed' -- that's the novel by Voltaire and Bernstein's musical. It is not pronounced 'can-DEE-da' either. The title character's name is pronounced a little like the country -- 'CAN-de-da.' "

If you're a child of the '70s, now try to get the song by Tony Orlando and Dawn out of your head, too. Indeed, Pittsburgh Public Theater will do it the Shavian way when it presents "Candida," opening today.

"It was interesting at the auditions in New York; some actors were saying 'Can-dee-da,' " director Ted Pappas said. "And evidently it's also acceptable, except Shaw called it 'CAN-de-da,' and so do we."


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