The Fantasticks posts closing notices
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
THE Fantasticks has posted closing notices at the Duchess Theatre. Originally booking until September 5, it will now close on June 26, 2010.
Previously Posted: Clive Rowe, David Burt, Hadley Fraser, Edward Petherbridge and Paul Hunter will lead the cast of the classic musical, The Fantasticks, which opens at the Duchess Theatre on June 9, 2010 (previews from May 24).
The Fantasticks, which tells an allegorical story, is loosely based on the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by Edmond Rostand and is about two fathers who put up a wall between their houses to ensure that their children fall in love – because, as all fathers know, children always do what their parents forbid.
True to form, the children fall in love but after discovering their father’s plot, they set off alone to experience the world. However, having learned to recognize their true feelings, they finally return to each other.
Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s classic score features titles such as Much More, I Can See It and Try To Remember.
Rowe’s credits include the National Theatre’s production of Guys and Dolls (as Nicely Nicely Johnson), Carousel, Peter Pan, Candide and Caroline, or Change. He has also appeared regularly as the Dame in Hackney Empire pantomimes.
Burt has appeared numerous times in the West End – in Bad Girls: The Musical, The Woman in White (as Count Fosco), Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, La Traviata, Les Miserables, Napoleon, The Far Pavilions and Show Boat.
Fraser, who starred alongside Burt in The Far Pavilions, has also appeared on the London stage in The Pirates of Penzance, Peter Pan and Les Miserables.
Although Petherbridge is best known for his non-musical roles, he has appeared in the musicals The Woman in White and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
In The Fantasticks, Amon Miyamoto will direct a cast that also includes Lorna Want (Footloose, Evita), Luke Brady and Carl Au.
The Fantasticks first played in New York nearly fifty years ago and has since become the longest running show of any kind in the United States and the longest running musical in the world. It has played in over 2000 cities and towns in the States, and internationally, it has been staged in 67 countries.
Ghosts continues at the Duchess Theatre until May 15, 2010.