Classic Musical The Fantasticks at Theatre West
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The last date listed for The Fantasticks was Sunday October 7, 2012 / 2:00pm.
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Very good - Luisa, Matt and their fathers were particularly strong. El Gallo's voice wasn't up to par, but the program indicates he's not a musical comedy actor. Lee Merriweather is still lovely, but I found the Mute's intervention somewhat annoying. As an aficionado of the original, I miss the mime, the harp and the change of the term "rape" into the more politically correct but lot less funny "abduction."
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A fan of the show, I was disappointed by this production. First of all, I felt uncomfortable because there were only 15 people in the audience (I counted). The actors gave good energy, but the singing ability was low and the direction was a little...continued
The Fantasticks is one of the American musical theatre’s most enduringly popular musicals. It ran off-Broadway for 46 straight years, 1960-2002, then re-opened in 2006 and is still running in New York today. But you don’t have to fly to New York to see it. It’s coming to Theatre West.
It begins as a tale of young true first love, as next-door-neighbors Matt and Luisa, grown up together, fall for each other. Their fathers approve, and conspire to bring them closer together. Once the young man and woman learn of their fathers’ approval, they reject their dads’ plan (as kids always do) , and set off on their separate adventures to experience the world. Removed from the comfort of home, they are individually hurt a bit by the world, as the world can inflict pain and sometimes does. After a bitter taste of disillusionment, Matt and Luisa find their way back to each other, with a wiser, more mature and deeper love for one another.
It’s a simple story, to be sure, but one that has resonated with audiences for half a century, with classic songs like “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”
This is the new production from Chestnuts, the wing of Theatre West dedicated to revivals of great plays under Chestnuts Producing Director Charlie Mount. His previous productions for Chestnuts include _Seascape, Waiting For Lefty, Gaslight, Waiting in the Wings, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Lion in Winter, _and Requiem for a Heavyweight.
Mount directs The Fantasticks with a cast that includes Lukas Bailey, Molly Reynolds, Joey Jennings, Roger Kent Cruz, Steve Nevil, Don Moss, Yancey Dunham (except Sept. 7-9), Lee Meriwether (except Sept. 7-9), Maria Kress (on Sept 7- 9) and Charlie Mount (on Sept. 7-9).