Beginning March 1, 4th Street Theater will present The Fantasticks,
the world’s longest running musical play, first produced in 1960 by Lore
Noto with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones.
framework of “boy meets girl/boy loses girl/boy wins girl,” Jones and
Schmidt explore the importance of knowing unhappiness in our lives in order
to truly appreciate happiness when it comes.
Loosely based on
the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by Edmond Rostand, it concerns two
fathers who trick their children into falling in love by forbidding their
meeting. When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged
love match and separate. Each gains experiences in the real world, and they
return bruised but enlightened.
original off-Broadway production ran at the Sullivan Street Playhouse for 42
years and 17,162 performances. The last performance of The Fantasticks was
in January 2002, when the Playhouse closed and the theatre building was
sold. Re-opening in 2006, it is still running at the Jerry Orbach Theatre,
fittingly named in honor of the show’s original star, making it the world’s
longest-running musical. It was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in
Theatre in 1991. The poetic book and breezy, inventive score, including such
familiar songs as "Try to Remember," helped make this show so loved.
production is directed by Linda Pauli of Chesterton, with music direction by
Pam Spitzner of Chicago, Ill.
includes Tony Balsamo and Ric Heath of Michigan City, Jacob Barber of Crown
Point, Laura Blythe of Porter, Matthew Byerly and Courtney Jurick of
Valparaiso, Stephen Ellis of LaPorte and Kevin Doler of Chesterton, who also
designed the set.
by Eric Schaefer of Chesterton, costumes are designed by Stanlee Hodsden of
Portage and lighting is by Wayne Wendell of Chicago.
opens on Friday, March 1 and will run through Sunday, March 17, with shows
on March 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8:00 p.m. and March 10 and 17 at 3:00
p.m. Admission is $18.00. Reservations are suggested due to limited seating,
and can be made by calling the box office at 219-926-7875. The 4th Street
Theater is at 125 N. 4th St., Chesterton.