Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|At the end of the show everyone is living happily ever after after becoming a little wiser in the process. What does El Gallo tell the parents to do?||Try To Remember "The Fantasticks"
Leave up the wall between Matt and Luisa's house. "You must always leave the wall." El Gallo proclaims as he sings a reprise of "Try to Remember". He hangs up a banner, signalling the end of the show.
|While Matt is away, El Gallo seduces Luisa. While telling her about his adventures as a bandit, he brings up horseriding. Why did he eventually stop riding a horse?||Try To Remember "The Fantasticks"
Because he got saddle rash. El Gallo forsook horses when he got a very painful case of saddle rash. This exchange occurs shortly before the waltz "Round and Round".
Matt and El Gallo. "I Can See It" is a duet between Matt and El Gallo. Matt sings of the idealized world he is setting out to see and El Gallo counters him, singing about the world he'll encounter.
To not watch him while he's eating. In "This Plum Is Too Ripe", Matt, Luisa, Hucklebee and Bellomy realize that their utopian lifestyle may not be exactly all it is cracked up to be. Luisa comments that Matt looks different in the sunlight, while the fathers invade each other's gardens.
|El Gallo enlists the help of two old actors: Henry and Mortimer. Henry is an old Shakespearean actor and Mortime specializes in faking his death in gory ways. What is Henry's last name?||Try To Remember "The Fantasticks"
Albertson. "I'm Henry Albertson. Perhaps you recall my Hamlet?" says Henry as he introduces himself to El Gallo towards the end of Act One. Later in Act Two Henry and Mortimer kidnap Matt and savagely beat him.
Stage an abduction where Matt saves Luisa. Hucklebee and Bellomy decide to end the feud in grand style, hiring El Gallo to fake an elaborate kidnapping and allowing Matt to save her. El Gallo sings about the various kinds of kidnappings he can pull off in the song "It Depends on What You Pay".
She was abducted by bandits. Oddly enough, her dream comes true later in Act One, when El Gallo, Henry and Mortimer attempt to kidnap her.
Mauve. Of course this didn't actually happen, but Luisa says many things throughout the show that makes her sanity questionable. But doesn't love make fools of us all?
Their parents don't like each other. The fathers, Hucklebee and Bellomy, are actually best friends. They pretend to feud only to get the younger couple to fall in love.
|What do the fathers want to take down at the end of the story, but the narrator states they must always leave it?||The Fantasticks
the wall. And the play ends with a reprise of "Try to Remember".
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|The boy and girl finally realize that all they were looking for is in each other. Which song do they sing together in this scene? ||The Fantasticks
They Were You. "All my wildest dreams, multiply by two,
They were you, they were you, they were you."
|The two fathers make peace after their disagreement, and they sing about how difficult it is to raise children. What kind of a man do they agree is a "very happy man"?||The Fantasticks
a man who plants a garden. "Plant a carrot, get a carrot, not a brussel sprout!
That's why I like vegetables, you know what you're about!"
|After the boy rescues the girl from the fake abduction, all seems perfect...until the sun comes out and everything is different. What fruit is "too ripe" for the boy now?||The Fantasticks
plum. "Take away the golden moonbeams. Take away the crystal sky.
What at night seems oh-so scenic, may be cynic, by and by."
|What word is missing from these verses?
"We've the obvious, open, schoolboy __________,
With little mandolins, and perhaps a cape"||The Fantasticks
rape. "Now I know you prefer 'abduction', but the proper word is, 'Rape'! It's short and business-like!"
|Which month should we "try to remember" in the song of the same name?||The Fantasticks
September. "...when grass was green, and grain was yellow"
|What well-known film and TV actor played the role of El Gallo in the original Fantasticks cast? (hint: think "Dirty Dancing")||The Fantasticks
Jerry Orbach. Jerry Orbach played several leading male roles on Broadway, including "Carnival" and "Chicago" before his roles in movies and TV.
1960. The Fantasticks ran in New York City for 40 years.
|Even in "The Fantasticks", the sweetest of shows, there was controversy. Which song is sometimes changed to "The Abduction" if producers feel the audience will be disturbed by the original?||"The Fantasticks"
"It Depends On What You Pay". In the original "It Depends On What You Pay", El Gallo describes various "rapes". These were different kidnap scenarios. The term "rape" disturbed some, so "The Abduction" was written for more conservative audiences.
|One of the actors in "The Fantasticks" has an unusual role. What is that part?||"The Fantasticks"
The Mute. The person playing the mute also plays the Wall.
Schmidt and Jones. Tom Jones, the show's librettist (not the Welsh pop singer) also performed the role of the Old Actor, Henry, in the original production, under an assumed named. The team of Schmidt and Jones also wrote the musicals "I Do, I Do", "110 In The Shade" and "Celebration".
"Try To Remember". Harry Belafonte recorded "Try To Remember" many different times. "Somewhere" is from the musical "West Side Story". "Where Is Love" is from "Oliver". You can hear "For Me And My Gal" in the movie of the same name, "For Me And My Gal", which starred Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in his movie debut.
8. Originally there were 9 parts. The role of the Handyman was written out of the play.
Sullivan Street Playhouse. Sullivan St. Playhouse is a small 150 seat off-Broadway theater in Greenwich Village, NY.
|Who created the role of El Gallo in the original NY production of "The Fantasticks"?||"The Fantasticks"
Jerry Orbach. Jerry Orbach is now probably more widely known for his role as Lennie Briscoe on TV in "Law And Order". But he had many starring roles on Broadway. He played the leads in "42nd Street", "Promises Promises", and "Chicago", and many more. Joel Grey and Bert Convey were both in the original production of "Cabaret" on Broadway, and Howard Keel was a star of many movie musicals in the 1950s.
1960. The show's original off-Broadway production opened on May 3, 1960 and ran for 42 years with 17,162 performances, making it the world's longest-running musical when it closed in 2002.