The Fantasticks posts early closing notices 26 June 2010

The Fantasticks, has posted early closing notices for 26 June 2010, after a run of only a few weeks.

The musical, which only opened last week at the Duchess Theatre, on 9 June 2010, following previews from 24 May 2010, was originally booking to 4 Sep 2010. However, the show received poor notices from the popular press: "No amount of talent can redeem this terrible show." (Telegraph); "What irks one about the show is its dimpled, ingratiating cuteness." (Guardian); "This is one to forget." (Evening Standard)

The show has book, lyrics and music by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt.

It is directed by Amon Miyamoto, designed by Rumi Matsui, lighting by Rick Fisher, Choreography by Amon Miyamoto, costumes by Nicky Shaw.

Cast imncludes Lorna Want , Luke Brady, David Burt , Clive Rowe, Edward Petherbridge, Paul Hunter, Hadley Fraser , Carl Au.

Produced by Gorgeous Entertainment / John Gore and Thomas B. McGrath / Nimax Theatres.

Tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by Edmond Rostand, concerning two neighboring fathers who put up a wall between their houses to ensure that their children fall in love, because they know children always do what their parents forbid. After the children do fall in love, they discover their fathers' plot and each goes off and experience the world. Finally they return to each other and the love they had, having learned from the world to recognize their true feelings.

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.

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