The Fantasticks Closing Early at Duchess Theatre!

The Fantasticks has posted notices of an early closure of 26 June 2010 after a short run.

The musical opened on 9 June 2010 at the Duchess Theatre following previews from 24 May 2010.  It was originally booking to 4 September 2010, however, the musical received poor notices from the popular press.

The book, lyrics and music are by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt.  It is directed and choreographed by Amon Miyamoto, designed by Rumi Matsui, lighting by Rick Fisher, and costumes by Nicky Shaw.  The cast includes Lorna Want , Luke Brady, David Burt , Clive Rowe, Edward Petherbridge, Paul Hunter, Hadley Fraser, and Carl Au.  The show is produced by Gorgeous Entertainment / John Gore and Thomas B. McGrath / Nimax Theatres.

It’s loosely based on the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by Edmond Rostand and tells a story about two neighboring fathers who put up a wall between their houses to ensure that their children fall in love because they know children always do what their parents forbid.  The children do fall in love but they discover their fathers’ plot so each goes off separately to experience the world.  Finally they return to each other and the love they had, having learned from the world how to recognize their true feelings.

The Fantasticks first played in New York nearly 50 years ago and has since become the longest running show of any kind in the United States and the longest running musical in the world. It has played in over 2000 cities and towns in the US and it has been staged in 67 countries internationally.

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David Burt and Clive Rowe are to star in The Fantasticks

David Burt and Clive Rowe are to star in a brand new production of the classic musical, The Fantasticks is coming to London, opening in May 2010 at the Duchess Theatre.

Directed by Amon Miyamoto, a new production of this much-loved musical will invigorate and illuminate the show with fresh visual, emotional and musical energy. Designer Rumi Matsui joins Miyamoto on The Fantasticks following their previous collaboration on the Broadway production of Pacific Overtures for which Matsui’s work was Tony Award nominated. Lighting design will be provided by 2009 Tony Award winner Rick Fisher.

The Fantasticks first played in New York nearly fifty years ago and has since become the longest running show of any kind in the United States and the longest running musical in the world. It has played in over 2000 cities and towns in the States, and internationally, it has been staged in 67 countries.

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The Fantasticks – Off-Broadway hit, is to open in the West End

Off-Broadway hit musical, The Fantasticks, is to open at the Duchess Theatre London from 24 May 2010 (press night 9 June).

THE FANTASTICKS tells the story of a young man and the girl next door, whose parents have built a wall to keep them apart. The youngsters nevertheless contrive to meet and fall in love. Their parents, meanwhile, are congratulating themselves, for they have erected the wall and staged a feud in order to achieve, by negation, a marriage between their willfully disobedient children.

A narrator sets the imagined scene and, in due time, progresses to the role of professional abductor convincing the giddy youngsters that they are deeply embroiled in a melodramatic encounter in a garden under the moonlight. The evening itself is entirely concerned with the notion that children – of whatever age – cannot fall in love unless their love is forbidden.

The abductor pretends to fall before the onslaught of the young man, letting the boy think he is a hero when he rescues the girl from a band of villains. The night is full of moonlight and romance.

The sun comes up and the day brings an end to dreams. The lovers must be taught to face reality. The dashing vagabond, who was their guide to romance and illusion, becomes their instructor in disillusionment. It is only when he has shown the boy the harshness of the world that looks so filled with promise of bright adventure, and has let the girl see that love can be false, that they come to understand each other.