The Fantasticks 50th Anniversary

UT Theatre and Dance: What Starts Here Changes the World

October 15 – 16, 2010

2010 marked the golden anniversary of the longest running musical in American Theatre history, The Fantasticks, written by University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts alumni Tom Jones (B.F.A. 1949, M.F.A. 1951) and Harvey Schmidt (B.F.A. 1952). In honor of these Broadway icons, the Department of Theatre and Dance hosted an anniversary weekend including archival exhibits, special receptions, panel discussions highlighting our prestigious alumni, the premiere of Trying to Remember: A portfolio of Theatre Songs by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt and a special encore performance of The Fantasticks.

Press and Reviews:

Austin American-Statesman – UT celebrates the 50th anniversary of ‘The Fantasticks’ by Claire Canavan – 10/13/10

Austin Chronicle – Try To Remember: How two kids from UT changed the course of the American musical by Robert Faires – 10/14/10

Austin American-Statesman – ‘Fantasticks’ Weekend at the University of Texas by Michael Barnes – 10/17/10

The Alcalde – “The Fantasticks” Still Looking Good After 50 Years by Rebecca Fontenot – 10/15/10

Austin American-Statesman – ‘The Fantasticks’ and Austin by Michael Barnes – 10/12/10

The Alcalde – UT Theatre Alumni, Including True Blood's Todd Lowe, Share Success Stories by Rebecca Fontenot – 10/18/10

Schedule of Events:

Friday, October 15
5:00 p.m. Premiere performance of Trying to Remember: A portfolio of Theatre Songs by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt followed by a reception with honored guests Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
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Saturday, October 16
9:00 a.m. Keynote Address by Professor Steven Dietz (PDF) 

10:45 a.m. Guest Artist and Alumni Panel Discussions, Exhibits and Student Performances

Panel A, Making it Happen: The Impact of New York (PDF)
Panel B, The Big Picture: Careers Beyond the Theatre (PDF) 
Panel C, Broadway and Beyond (PDF) 
Panel D, Lessons Learned: The Business of the Biz (PDF)

6:00 p.m. The Fantasticks performance

8:00 p.m. The Fantasticks Golden Anniversary Dinner

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