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I have just listened to the whole show and watch several amateur versions on youtube and I just can't get why it is so famous, why it is the longest-running ever musical in the world... I mean it's cute, but I don't think it brings anything new or interesting to Edmond Rostand's play. What do you think?

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its a masterpiece..its subtle nature..its comedia del'arte inspired staging.and simply one of the finest scores the musical thetare has produced.

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I agree with Dawn. The subtlety, comedia del'arte basis, and score are all wonderful.

I'm guessing the amateur versions on YouTube probably aren't giving you the best view of the show. I know I've seen some pretty weird ones out there. (I seem to remember seeing a video of "Round and Round" that had zombies going out into the audience at one point...) When staged as intended, the show is absolutely charming. It's not too flashy or showy like a lot of musicals, and yet the nod to comedia del'arte makes it highly entertaining in ways that you don't see a lot in theatre today.

Seeing this off-Broadway was an experience that you just have to have live. When I saw it in New York both my mom and my sister ended up loving it more than the Broadway musicals they had chosen for us to see. It's a show that may seem to just be cute on the surface, but when you see the full show live you realize what a masterpiece it truly is.


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Well, I guess I will have to hear it more attentively :) But having seen the play on which it is based, I really don't see what the musical brings to it, though I do find the music enjoyable.
Wait... they put Zombies? How do people get to have such ideas ? :)
Anyway I would gladly see the show live. The thing is I don't really live close to New York. ^^

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I actually had the chance to see the show in NYC with Bruke Moses playing El Gallo. It was one of the most uniuiqe nights I had in the theater.

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It's just a great show. It's got something for everyone - the love story is simple yet surprisingly mature, the music is beautiful, the lyrics are clever, the script is wonderfully poetic, it's funny, the characters are likable and easy to relate to, and the minimalistic approach gives it a sense of intimacy that theatre really excels at.


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another show that far exceeds its source material.

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The Fantasticks is one show I can never get sick of..... I must have seen about a zillion amateur versions. But magical every time.

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I've played Luisa twice and directed the show twice. only show i've done 4 production of.

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Not a fan. The lack of ensemble roles makes it kind of limiting and 110 in the Shade is Schmidt and Jones' masterpiece, anyway.

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limiting to what? small musicals are wonderful they allow for such a tight connection and a strong rehearsal period.

I was never totally fond of 110 i the shade..I prefer Fantasticks and I Do, I Do.

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There's no doubling of roles and there are no chorus numbers, which means there are no opportunities for actors who either can't handle a lead role or feel most comfortable being in the chorus. And if by 'tight connection' you mean an emotional connection among the cast, the cast doesn't have to be small for that to occur.

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