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The Fantasticks

Directed by: Pat Murphy l Music by: Harvey Schmidt l Lyrics by: Tom Jones

Based on the novel by: Tom Jones

When: February 5th thru March 8th

Where: 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Run time: 2 hours 5 minutes

About: "Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow."


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Pat Murphy, Director

Pat has been a part of Citadel for a number of years. Previous shows he directed at Citadel are “A Christmas Carol” several years ago,  “Deathtrap,” the musical, “Oliver,” and a year ago, “Light Up the Sky.”. He also acted in “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Other People’s Money.” Pat was Director of Theatre for 35 years at Glenbrook North High School where he worked with Charles Dribin and he directed over one hundred productions before retiring.