THE FANTASTICKS was Fantastic! Now that Broadway shows are opening back up
it remind me of he only roadway show we have seen, KONG. Which was another version of king kong with
live rocking music.
It also reminded me of the off-Broadway play, THE
FANTASTICKS. This was about 1964 or 1965
when I was stationed nearby in Lakehurst, NJ.
My friend Sam has seen it before, maybe more than once. The play of held in the basement of a
building I in the Village. The room wasn’t
all that big, maybe the size of a regular classroom. It was “standing room only” and we can vouch for that statement.
The play was simple enough.
It was about two families living next door. One family had a son courting age and of course
the other son had a daughter courting age.
The story was mostly about the two fathers interacting about their
children dating and falling in love, naturally.
That I simple enough. Then there
is whole flow strange characters, that make the story more interesting.
But the jest of the story is that there is no props. The props are in care of the prop man. If they need a fence to talk over the prop
man runs over between them an holds out a walking cane or an umbrella.. If fall leaves are called for he gracefully
dances around with a sack of colored leaves to throw.
A number of popular songs came from this play. Just typing it I am min-humming “Soon it is
going to rain, I can feel it.”
Which if rain is called for the prop man with take care of
that with a water bobble and fan. For
wind he huffs and puffs.
We have seen the play two or three times, at Kennesaw
College I think. It is always different,
people adding their special interpretation and so on.
According to Wikipedia th story is Harry Schmidt and the
music by Tom Jones (Tom Jones?)