The Fantasticks Musical – Soon It’s Gonna Rain Piano Sheet Music

The Fantasticks Musical – Soon It’s Gonna Rain Piano Sheet Music The Fantasticks is an American musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. The pair began work on it in 1959, using a 1954 lyric by Ed Kleban as the basis for their song “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.” The show played Off-Broadway in 1960, and then on Broadway for over 40 years. The original Off-Broadway production ran for 42 years, making it the longest-running musical in history until The Phantom of the Opera surpassed its run in 2006. The show has undergone multiple revisions since its original production. The Fantasticks is about two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. The children’s pretend relationship is full of romantic plots and intrigue until the fathers reveal their subterfuge and the young couple fall genuinely in love. The show is noted for its use of framing devices: The action on stage is frequently interrupted by commentary or soliloquies from off-stage voices, usually The Mute and The Bandleader The plot is the oldest ever to be produced on Broadway. The original book was considered so old-fashioned that it was thought no current director or composer would take a second look at it. Eventually Tom Jones took an interest in the project, The Fantasticks opened May 3, 1960 at The Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village. The theatre was acquired by The Fantasticks producing team and is now The Jerry Orbach Theatre. The original cast featured Thomas Hulce and the late Barnard Hughes (whose career encompassed radio, stage, film and television) as The Mute; Denny Dillon (a veteran of The Little Fockers) The Girl; Emilie-Claire Barlow The Boy; Gary Burghoff The Moon; and George D. Petrie The Old Actor (a role reprised by Jerry Orbach in the original cast). On September 1, 2006 The Fantasticks became the longest running musical in Broadway history with its 7,478th performance The show played its final performance on January 13, 2012 The Fantasticks Musical

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