Based on Edmond Rostand's Les Romantiques, The Fantasticks follows the story of two young lovers as they wind through the events of their lives. The two grow up as neighbors, and their fathers, hoping they fall in love, build a wall between their houses knowing a child's desire for the forbidden. They do fall in love, but after discovering their fathers' plot, decide to separate and figure out their lives on their own terms. With a score by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones, the off-Broadway production has been running for decades, starting in 1960, making it the longest run of a musical in the world. Now considered a lasting classic, The Fantasticks evokes several great love stories of the ages as it explores independence and the will to love with simplicity, style and heart.
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