Arena Stage presents

The Fantasticks

book and lyrics by Tom Jones
music by Harvey Schmidt
directed by Amanda Dehnert >
November 20, 2009 – January 10, 2010

at the Lincoln Theatre
(2 hrs, 15 min)


“A delightful holiday package…downright sublime, a revelation!” — The Washington Post

“****! One of the most special nights of local theater in years!” — ABC 7

“Spectacular! A delicious confection of magical theater.” — CNN iReport


“Try to Remember” a time when The Fantasticks wasn’t captivating audiences. The memorable score by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt enlivens the heart of this passionate musical that charmed Off-Broadway for a record-breaking 42 years.

In a twist on the classic story of boy meets girl, Matt and Luisa are led by El Gallo from the wistfulness of “when life was slow and oh so mellow” to the reality that “without a hurt the heart is hollow.” Rising star director Amanda Dehnert re-imagines this timeless fable in an abandoned amusement park, a perfect playground for the story’s emotional carnival.

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