Overview


Synopsis

Whimsical, poignant, and romantic, The Fantasticks is an allegorical story that focuses on two young lovers, their meddling fathers, and the journey we all must take through adolescent thrills, the growing pains of hurt and betrayal, the highs of passion, the challenges of distance and the agonies of heartbreak to discover how to truly love. In a theatrical and inventive fashion, our gallant and enigmatic narrator -- El Gallo -- introduces us to a pair of young lovers -- Matt and Luisa -- who experience the magical, moonlit phase of falling in love. For a time, romance seems perpetually exciting, and heroics seem always to save the day. Then, however, El Gallo leads our young protagonists from the romantic moonlight into the harsh sunshine, where the weaknesses in their relationship are exposed and the reality of the struggles and heartache love brings is revealed. With the understanding that “without a hurt the heart is hollow,” Matt and Luisa manage to find their own identities, and in turn, to discover their strengths as a couple in times of both darkness and light. With the record for the longest American theatrical run, The Fantasticks is a gem of the American musical theatre. Featuring timeless classics like “Try to Remember” and “Soon it’s Gonna Rain,” this simple and beautiful ensemble piece is as beloved and as timely as it was when it opened forty years ago.


Characters

Male

Lead

Baritone

Male

Lead

Baritone

Female

Lead

Soprano



Show Information

Book:
Lyrics:
Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1960
Genres
Dark Comedy, Satire, Romance
Settings
Simple/No Set
Time & Place
two houses, separated by a wall
Cast Size
small
Orchestra Size
Small
Dancing
Musical Staging
Ideal For
ensemble cast, diverse cast, community theatre, small cast, high school
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes late teen, young adult, adult, mature adult, elderly characters

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