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San Francisco Playhouse
Between Powell and Mason Streets. 450 Post Street San Francisco, CA 94102
415-677-9596
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2 reviews
1 stars
We ate at Colibri, and enjoyed it.
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1 stars
Parking at Sutter-Stockton garage ~ $15 for afternoon performance. Spirits and snacks reasonably priced during their "happy hour"
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"The Fantasticks"
113 ratings
4.3 average rating
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5 events
1 review
2 stars
attended Jun 18 2010

The SF Playhouse provides an intimate setting for guests; therefore, there's not a bad seat in the house! Actors and performances were top-notch. Very much enjoyed my experience!

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159 reviews
15 stars
attended Jul 31 2010

I saw the original so many years ago I had forgotten most of the plot. You cant help but remember the song book. It was gret then and great now. The cast did it more than justice they were Broadway quality. This is one of the best shows I've...continued

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25 reviews
6 stars
attended Jun 15 2010

Even in the first preview, the chemistry of the cast blended well with the special atmosphere of this unique piece. It was well worth the investment of time to enter that world with nice singing jobs particularly from the men, but also from the...continued

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Description

Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones

Music by Harvey Schmidt

SF Playhouse Artistic Director Bill English commented, “On this 50th anniversary of my favorite musical, I could not resist the opportunity to take a look at The Fantasticks from a new angle.  What if the world of The Fantasticks was not so whimsical or perfect and instead reflected the war torn landscape of our current reality?  How would the songs and story translate?”

The Fantasticks is a love story in the spirit of a whimsical Romeo & Juliet. Beautiful melodies, among them the hit songs “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” sparkle throughout the musical comedy and evoke the agony and rapture of young love. The SF Playhouse production presents this 50-year-old favorite from a new angle: What if the world of The Fantasticks was not so whimsical or perfect and instead reflected the war-torn landscape of our current reality?  How would the songs and story translate?

In this Tom Jones (book and lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (music) musical comedy, The Boy and The Girl grow up next door to each other, separated by a wall their feuding fathers built to keep them apart. Knowing their children would do anything they said “no” to, the forbidden wall makes The Boy and The Girl fall wildly in love with each other. Once they discover that their fathers actually planned the whole thing to get them together, their romance suffers a series of whimsical and melodramatic developments. In the end, aided by a mysterious swashbuckling dream-weaver and his comical associates, the lovers mature, and love conquers all.