April 18 at 8 p.m. and April 19th at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center
Music by Harvey Schmidt, Lyrics by Tom Jones
Directed by Jordan Arnold
The Fantasticks burst on the scene in 1960 ushering into musical theater a new fresh spirit. It tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play "The Romancers" by Edmond Rostand concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. The show's original off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world's longest-running musical. It was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 1991. The poetic book and breezy, inventive score, including such familiar songs as "Try to Remember," helped make this show so durable. Many productions followed, as well as television and film versions. The Fantasticks has also become a staple of regional, community, and high school productions virtually since its premiere, with approximately 250 new productions each year. It is played with a small cast, two- to three-person orchestra and minimalist set design. The musical has played throughout the U.S. and in at least 67 foreign countries.