Overview


Synopsis

Funny, romantic, and indelible, The Fantasticks is an allegorical story that focuses on two young lovers, their meddling fathers, and their journey through hurt and betrayals, passion and distance, and ultimately, the real meaning of love. In a theatrical and inventive fashion, the narrator El Gallo first leads the young lovers, Matt and Luisa, through the magical moonlit phase of love, where romance is exciting and heroics save the day. El Gallo then leads them into the harsh light of day, where the weaknesses in the lover’s relationship is exposed and the struggles of real-life love is revealed. With the understanding that “without a hurt the heart is hollow,” Matt and Luisa manage to find themselves, and each other, in times of both darkness and light. Featuring classic songs like “Try to Remember” and “Soon it’s Gonna Rain,” The Fantasticks is a gem of American musical theatre-- as beloved and timely as it was forty years ago.


Characters

Female

Lead

Soprano

Male

Lead

Baritone



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:

Includes young adult, adult characters

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