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February 4, 2014

'The Fantasticks' takes the stage at George Daily Auditorium tonight


The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA —

In spite of inclement weather, “The Fantasticks” will take the stage at George Daily Auditorium tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The Fantasticks” is a simple romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, their meddling fathers, and the wall that divides them, this musical is a timeless fable of love, purity, and simplicity that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time. It is a moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a more mature, meaningful love.

The Fantasticks,” written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, opened off-Broadway on May 3, 1960, and went on to play a record-breaking 17,162 performances. It closed on Jan. 13, 2002, making it the world’s longest-running production of any kind in the United States.

The musical uses steampunk, a genre that combines historical clothing or jewelry with futuristic elements, to create a new experience.

It’s classical simplicity,” said director Charles Beck of the steampunk concept. “It’s about a boy who is overly in love with a girl whose fathers are trying to keep them together by pulling them apart. Steampunk lends itself to this story by finding beauty among the broken pieces.”