The Fantasticks! Whimsical, romantic Schmidt-Jones musical about two young lovers on the rocky journey to true love. Features timeless classics like “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.” Produced by Novato Theater Co. Directed by Larry Williams . NTC Playhouse, 5420 Nave Drive, Novato. April 5-29. Fri-Sat 7:30 pm; Sundays 2:00 pm. One preview, April 5 at 7:00 pm. Tickets $12-27 at https://www.novatotheatercompany.org; (415) 883-4498 for information only.
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. 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 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 over 50 years ago.
From the Director, Larry Williams
What a delight it is to direct The Fantasticks! The musical was based on the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by Edmond Rostand written in the late 19th century about a pair of fathers who trick their children in to falling in love by pretending to be feuding. The show's original Off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world's longest-running musical. There was even a movie version that was released in the mid 1990’s. There is something magical in the simplicity of the show and the complexity and beauty of the music. There is something for everyone in this show. You will relate to either the fathers, the children, El Gallo, Arlechino the silent character who helps provide the atmosphere or a couple of the Zani characters. The music is gorgeous with some of my favourite musical theatre numbers ever written. It will be very hard for you to leave this show this evening without having one or two of the tunes stuck in your head. The Fantasticks! is a wonderful piece of storytelling with something for everyone! Enjoy!
The Fantasticks! Whimsical, romantic Schmidt-Jones musical about two young lovers on the rocky journey to true love. Features timeless classics like “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.” Produced by Novato Theater Co. Directed by Larry Williams . NTC Playhouse, 5420 N...