Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Directed by Rod Caspers
Music Directed by Lyn Koenning
B. Iden Payne Theatre
October 15, 17, 21, 22 at 8:00 p.m.
October 17, 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Mark the 50th anniversary of the longest-running musical in American theatre history with seven special performances of The Fantasticks, produced by the Department of Theatre and Dance. Written by College of Fine Arts alumni Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, The Fantasticks is a moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a more mature, meaningful love is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy memorable songs, many of which have become standards.
The Fantasticks is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone" 212-542-4684, Fax: 212-397-4684
About Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt wrote The Fantasticks for a summer theatre at Barnard College. After its Off-Broadway opening in May 1960, it went on to become the longest-running production in the history of the American stage and one of the most frequently produced musicals in the world. It is currently running in a successful revival in New York. Their first Broadway show, 110 in the Shade, was successfully revived a few years ago by the New York City Opera and is scheduled for a new Broadway production this April, produced by the Roundabout Theatre, starring Audra MacDonald. I Do! I Do! their two character musical starring Mary Martin and Robert Preston, was a success on Broadway and is frequently done around the country and the world. (One production, in Minneapolis, played for 22 continuous years with the same two actors in the leading roles.)
For several years, Jones and Schmidt worked privately at their theatre workshop, concentrating on small-scale musicals in new and often untried forms. The most notable of these efforts was Celebration, which moved to Broadway, and Philemon, which won an Outer Critics Circle Award. They contributed incidental music and lyrics to the Off-Broadway play Colette, starring Zoe Caldwell, then later did a full-scale musical version under the title Colette Collage. In 1998, The Show Goes On, a musical revue featuring their theatre songs and starring Jones and Schmidt, was presented at the York Theatre, and Mirette, their musical based on the award-winning children's book, was premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut.
In addition to an Obie Award and the 1992 Special Tony Award for The Fantasticks, in 1999, their “stars” were added to the Off-Broadway Walk of Fame outside the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
The Austin Chronicle: "Try to Remember: How to kids from UT changed the course of the American musical"