Mercyhurst musical theatre unveils “The Fantasticks”

The Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt classic, “The Fantasticks,” will continue its run of good luck as the world’s longest-running musical when it is presented in the MaryD'Angelo Performing Arts Center by the Mercyhurst musical theatre program in mid-February. 

The production opens Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m., and continues on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:30 p.m. 

Under the direction of D.J. Maloney, head of the musical theatre program at Mercyhurst College, several of the majors in the Mercyhurst program will fill roles in the musical and provide the voices for the chorus. 

In addition, several members of the local theatre community will fill key roles, including Joe Greulich as El Gallo. 

“The Fantasticks is a musical about illusions – the illusions of young lovers, the illusion of their parents, the illusions of the old actors,” said Maloney. “But most of all it is about theatrical illusion itself. The tacit agreement between the artist and the audience that allows them to create an imaginary world together.”

The off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks recently closed after its 41st year, bringing in more than $25 million in ticket revenues over its lifetime. Since the play debuted in May 1960, it has played in more than 2,000 United States cities and in more than 700 high schools and colleges in New York alone.

Don’t miss your chance to see this production of one of the most popular musicals ever produced.

The shows will begin on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, with an 8 p.m. “Date Night” production for college students only.

Tickets for the Mercyhurst production will be $7.50 for general admission, $5 for non-Mercyhurst students and seniors, $3 for youth and President’s Card holders and $1 for Mercyhurst students. For more information and reservations call the box office at 824-3000.

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