Our main stage season is set: one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the play that introduced Falstaff to the world: Henry IV, Part 1 and finally (drum roll please), a great American musical: The Fantasticks with book and lyrics By Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt. 2011 is going to be a great year.
But we can’t do it without you.
Gifts from patrons like you are one of the most important sources of financial support for GRSF. Last season brought big rewards, but we still have debts to pay even as the work moves forward. Just this week, we spent nearly $10,000 to secure the rights to The Fantasticks, an expense we don’t incur when we produce Shakespeare. Next month, we’ll spend money to bring together designers and directors from across the country to begin planning the 2011 season, and expenses ramp up quickly as preparations continue to evolve.
GRSF is in serious financial need right now, at the most critical time for planning the 2011 season. Your donation now will have an enormous impact.
Read more about The Fantasticks
According to Producing Director Paul Barnes: “The Fantasticks is an ideal choice for season eight. Its lineage is rooted in the classics (the musical was derived from an English language adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s satirical treatment of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet); its inherent simplicity and theatricality align perfectly with GRSF’s commitment to production values that do not overwhelm or obscure clear and understandable storytelling, the material draws naturally on the Festival’s love of music and builds on our customary use in productions, and this will be the 50th Anniversary of this unique production — one of America’s most well-known and best loved musical plays.
The story is simple: boy and girl meet; boy and girl fall in love; boy and girl have their love put to the test; boy and girl are reunited and seem destined to live happily ever after. Along the way, they encounter memorable characters (El Gallo, first played by Jerry Orbach in the long-running Sullivan Street Playhouse/New York City production); Henry (“the old actor”) and Mortimer, his side-kick and erstwhile companion; a Mute; and, of course, their own fathers, who, knowing that the course of true love never does run smooth, make certain enough obstacles are placed in their children’s way to guarantee their love will not just survive but endure.”
Best remembered for the song, “Try to Remember,” The Fantasticks‘s heart-warming story is filled with simple melodies, witty lyrics, much laughter, and the occasional tear.
Since its opening in May, 1960, at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York, and its subsequent revival at the Snapple Theatre Center, The Fantasticks has become the longest running production of any kind in the history of American theatre. To hear music from the show and read about the New York City production, visit www.FantasticksOnBroadway.com.