Show Credits: Music by Harvey Schmidt Book by Tom Jones Lyrics by Tom Jones
Description: Talk about a time-proven audience-pleaser! "Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world, and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.
The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that "without a hurt, the heart is hollow".
With its minimal costumes, small band and virtually non-existent set, The Fantasticks is an intimate show which may be performed in virtually any space, engaging the audience's imagination and showcasing a strong ensemble cast. Its moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a more mature, meaningful love is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become classics.
Insight from the experts Staging Tip: This play should be played on a platform. There is no scenery as we generally know it, but occasionally a stick may be held up to represent a wall. Or a cardboard moon may be hung upon a pole to indicate that it is night. When the audience enters the auditorium, the platform is clearly in sight. There is a bench Down Center. And at the Stage Right side of the platform there is a large box or theatrical trunk in which the props are kept. This is the extent of the setting, although it is desirable if possible to have four iron poles inset near the corners of the platform and extending up into the ceiling. And in some proscenium productions, you may wish to add a ladder.