The Union Mountebanks opens its fall showing of “The Fantasticks” Thursday, October 27, at 7 p.m. in Old Chapel. With a performance history dating back to 1960, “The Fantasticks” is the longest running off-broadway American musical in history. It may not be the most well-known musical per-se, but it has set up the foundation for several musicals and set a strong mold for musical theater standards.
Arielle Singer ’18, president of the Mountebanks, is directing the musical. While the theater group has its set of veteran members, Singer is excited to have much of the cast be members of the Class of 2020. With the sheer amount of raw talent, Singer is excited to see what more the Mountebanks can achieve in future endeavors.
As for what the show is about, Singer could only give a few hints. “It’s definitly a different kind of show … Since it’s from 1960, the humor is different. The mood changes at a lightening pace and there are some stage directions that are unconventional, even by modern standards.”
As an exciting and quirky musical that has stood the test tof time, there is no reason not to go see “The Fantasticks.” The show is open through October 29. All showings are at 7 p.m. in Old Chapel.