The Fantasticks  is a 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt  and lyrics by American lyricist and librettist Tom Jones  (not to be confused with the popular Welsh singer). This small-scale musical opened in the off-Broadway Sullivan Street Playhouse on May 3rd, 1960.
The original text
The Fantasticks is loosely based on the play Les Romanesques by French dramatist Edmond Rostand (1868–1918) .
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1961: Staged by Kushlick-Gluckman, directed by Leon Gluckman, with Kendrew Lascelles (The Mute), Billy Matthews (The Boy's Father), Kempton Oliver (The Girl's Father), Marie van Zyl (The Girl), Roy Hilligen (The Boy), Ivan Berold (The Narrator), Frank Douglass (The Man Who Dies), Rigby Foster (The Actor), Jack Kruger (at the piano) and Desmond McCarthy (at the harp). Decor by Ian Monte and costumes by Berenice Michelow.
1968: UCT's The Fantasticks presented by University Theatre Stellenbosch at the H.B. Thom Theatre in April, directed by Robert Mohr, starring Limpie Basson, Grethe-Maria Fox, Ralph Lawson, Peter Grobbelaar, Peter Uys, David Haynes, Janice Honeyman, Philip Graham. Toured the Eastern Province in July 1968.
1975: PACOFS, directed by Johan Bernard, starring Estelle de Waal, Elize Cawood, James Borthwick and others. Musical director Laurie Potgieter, decor and costume design by Dicky Longhurst. This production was presented in Pietermaritzburg and Durban, in association with NAPAC, in October 1975 and visited Ficksburg, Sasolburg and Bloemfontein's Little Theatre in November 1975.
Kushlick-Gluckman theatre programme, 1961.
Theatre programme (Kushlick-Gluckman) held by NELM: [Collection: ASCH, Valda]: 2005. 65. 1. 10.
Theatre programme (1997 production) held by NELM: [Collection: FARMER, Anthony]: 2007. 18. 13. 400.
Inskip, Donald P., 1972. p.153.
UTS theatre pamphlet
PACT Newsletter, April 1972; March 1972
PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988
Fantasticks theatre programmes 1967, 1975.
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