The longest running musical in the world, with an impressive 17,162 performances to its name and a Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre awarded to it in 1991. It can only be “The Fantasticks”, a show that has stood the test of time and proves that popular musicals have been around for many years.
The popular show is actually based on a similar theme to many of the world’s most romantic stories – the theme of forbidden love. It is an area that has been mined in the likes of “Romeo & Juliet” and movies like “Titanic”, but in “The Fantasticks”, this age old plot is given a twist that truly makes it stand out amongst the crowd. It is therefore no wonder that the show is highly anticipated when it makes its appearance at the Duchess Theatre from June 2010.
The show first appeared on Broadway in 1960 with Lore Noto taking on the role of producer and across 42 years it managed to perform in front of numerous audiences and last on its New York stage until 2002. It was said to be inspired many a number of source materials, but the most regularly documented is the play “The Romancers” by Edmond Rostand, with Tom Jones (not that one) and Harry Schmidt realising that the plot lends itself perfectly to musical theatre. Pretty soon “The Fantasticks” was born and it would shape Broadway for years to come.
The story of a manipulation proved highly popular and pretty soon a range of musical numbers became part of popular culture, including “Metaphor”, “Try To Remember”, “It Depends on What You Pay”, “Soon It’s Gonna Rain”, “I Can See It”, “They Were You”, “Never Say No”, “This Plum Is Too Ripe” and “Round And Round”.
They help to propel a unique plot in which two fathers hatch a plan to ensure their children grow up to become lovers. The two are neighbours and realise that they can manipulate their kids to make sure this happens by forbidding them to see each other, knowing all too well that the lure of forbidden romance will be too hard to resist.
But the two of them are wise to their fathers’ plan and decide that they will not be fooled into falling in love. Instead they decide to head out into the world and experience life on their own terms, making their own way so that one day they can return and make a fully informed decision by themselves.
“The Fantasticks” is at the Duchess Theatre and will open on Wednesday 9th June 2010 (with previews from Monday 24th May 2010) and continue to Saturday 4th September 2010.
|Booking From:||Monday, 24th May 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 26th June 2010|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.45pm|
|Running Time:||130 minutes|
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