The Fantasticks

Musical

Writers: Tom Jones Harvey Schmidt

Context

Though primarily based on Edmond Rostand’s Les Romanesques, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s The Fantasticks with its highly theatrical format and inventive storytelling draws inspiration from a wide range of influences. According to Tom Jones, the idea of having a narrator who both introduces and influences the action of the play (El Gallo, in The Fantasticks), came from Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. The notion of having the actors remain onstage, even when not performing, originated in Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters. The paper moon and sun, the incidental music,

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