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The Fantasticks (Libretto) - Full Length Musical, Comedy

The Fantasticks (Libretto)

Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt

Full Length Musical, Comedy

6m, 2f

ISBN: 9781557831415

Book by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Lyrics by Tom Jones
Based on Les Romanesques by Edmond Rostand

The Fantasticks tells an age-old tale. Its ingredients are simple: a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall. Its scenery, a tattered cardboard moon, hovers over an empty wooden platform. With these bare essentials, Jones and Schmdt launched a theatrical phe

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(Applause Libretto Library). "Richly illustrated, it is ideal for fans of the show, as well as admirers of musical theatre." Variety * "Anybody who has seen the show (who hasn't?) should read the book" Entertainment Today * "The perfect present for any Fantasticks fans." Cleveland Plain Dealer * "A valuable resource. Recommended for all collections." Choice
"A perfectly pitched, disarmingly sincere performance […] The Fantasticks is the last word in theatrical sophistication." -The New York Times

"Heartfelt. Hynpotic. Charming." -The Associated Press

"Uncorkably joyful, luxuriously laugh-laden and effusively emotional. The Fantasticks is livelier and more energetic than most new shows." -Talkin' Broadway
THE FANTASTICKS, with music by Harvey Schmidt and book and lyrics by Tom Jones, was originally written as a one act play that premiered at Barnard College for one week in August of 1959. Once reworked, it then moved to New York and opened on May 3, 1960 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village. The original cast included Jerry Orbach, Rita Gardner, Kenneth Nelson, and librettist Tom Jones under a pseudonym. The show's original production ran until January 13, 2002, having performed an astounding 42 years and over 17,000 performances. Due to popular demand, an Off-Broadway revival of THE FANTASTICKS opened in August 2006 at the Snapple Theater Center in New York City where, as of December 2013, continues to run. The musical celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010, with Tom Jones returning to reprise his role as the 'Old Actor.' A new version of the musical was presented by the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. from November 2009 to January 2010, with the initially mysterious character of El Gallo changed to a kindly carnival magician. A West End production was also mounted in 2010 though it only ran for 44 performances. Most recently, South Coast Repertory Theatre staged a visually re-imagined version of the musical.
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6m, 2f

THE ACTOR (HENRY) An aging, over-the-top Thespian who specializes in reciting Shakespeare, he is a commedia clown; his world is the stage and he knows no other reality. Male, 50-70 yrs old Speaking Role

THE BOY (MATT) An innocent, young man who is searching for love and adventure. A bright guy, but naive and even foolish at times, approaching situations with a false bravado. Male, 18-25 yrs old Range: A2 - G4

THE BOY'S FATHER (HUCKLEBEE) A former boisterous navy man and meticulous gardener who fakes a fight with Bellomy in hopes of getting their children to fall in love. Male, 40-60 yrs old Range: A2 - F#4

THE GIRL (LUISA) A button-maker's young and pretty daughter, she is a romantic idealist who falls in love with Matt. She is naive, yet honest and tender. Female, 15-25 yrs old Range: B3 - B5

THE GIRL'S FATHER (BELLOMY) A fastidious button-maker and also a picky gardener who fakes a fight with Hucklebee in hopes of getting their children together. Male, 40-60 yrs old Range: A2 - F#4

THE MAN WHO DIES (MORTIMER) Henry's goofy sidekick and another former actor who specializes in stage deaths. A commedia clown, his world is the stage and he does not live in reality. Male, 30-50 yrs old Speaking Role

THE MUTE A speechless presence who watches, acts as the wall, and deals with props; the "invisible" stage assistant. Should be able to easily assist in the story or fade into the background unnoticed. Male or Female, 20-50 yrs old Pantomime Role

THE NARRATOR (EL GALLO) A rakish, handsome, sophisticated gallant and narrator of the show. He is warm, cordial, and inviting to the audience, but has his own darker moments. He aids the performers in orchestrating the story. Male, 30-50 yrs old Range: Ab2 - G4
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