The Fantasticks at The Factory at Franklin 

Love Conquers All

Love Conquers All
Once upon a time, The Fantasticks was merely the longest-running musical in the world. Now it’s the longest-running uninterrupted production of all time, having debuted off-Broadway in 1960 and still playing there today. Creators Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt based this small jewel on an 1894 play called Les Romanesques, which was in fact the first successful work by Edmond Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac. Rostand’s original was loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, so idealistic young love is the enduring theme here, yet we also get a scenario tempered by disillusion. (No spoilers on the outcome!) A charming and memorable score has sustained this piece for decades, and there’s no reason why the new Boiler Room Theatre production shouldn’t successfully follow in the footsteps of the show’s countless other mountings. Familiar tunes include “I Can See It,” “Much More,” “Never Say No,” “Soon It's Gonna Rain,” “They Were You” plus the standard “Try to Remember.” Sondra Morton directs, and the young lovers are Laura Thomas Sonn and Ciaran McCarthy, supported by six others.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: March 26. Continues through April 17, 2010

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