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The Fantastics
A Boy and a Girl grow up separated by a wall their feuding fathers have built to keep them apart. Naturally, it makes them fall wildly in love with each other. Once they discover their fathers actually planned the whole thing to get them together, their romance suffers a series of whimsical and melodramatic developments. In the end, as the lovers mature, love conquers all.
Opened 5/3/1960 Ran for See below performances.          

Version:     Original Off-Broadway; Also available is a 16 piece orchestration      
Credits:     Book by Tom Jones

Music by Harvey Schmidt

Lyrics by Tom Jones

Based on Les Romanesques by Edmond Rostand      
Type:     Book Show      
Acts:     Two      
Rating:     G      
Cast Size:     Small (2-10)      
Orchestra Size:     Small (1-11)      
Chorus Required:     No     
Dancing Required:     No     
Difficulty:     Easy to learn
Challenging to sing      
Style:     Contemporary
Broadway      
Category:     Comedy
Romance      
Ideal For:     Cabarets
Colleges
Community Theatres
Concerts
Families
Festivals
High Schools
Intimate Spaces
Low Budgets
Middle Schools
Regional Theatres
Young People
Fund-Raising      
Cast Size:     Small (2-10)     
     7 Men & 1 Women      
Casting Notes:     Predominantly men     
Characters:     The Boy (Matt), an innocent young man; baritone/ten.(A - high G)
The Girl (Luisa), a romantic idealist; soprano (B - high B)
The Narrator (El Gallo), a rakish, handsome gallant; baritone (A-flat - high G)
The Boy's Father (Hucklebee), former navy man, meticulous gardener; baritone (A - high F-sharp)
The Girl's Father (Bellomy), a merchant, also a picky gardener; baritone (A - high F-sharp)
The Actor (Henry), an aging, over-the-top thespian (non-singing)
The Man Who Dies (Mortimer), Henry's goofy sidekick (non-singing)
The Mute, a speechless presence who watches, acts as the wall," and so on. Male or female.


   ACT ONE (IN THE MOONLIGHT)

  1.OVERTURE
  2.TRY TO REMEMBER
  3.MUCH MORE
  4.METAPHOR
  5.NEVER SAY NO
  6.RAPE SONG (IT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU PAY)
  7.SOON IT'S GONNA RAIN
  8.RAPE BALLET
  9.HAPPY ENDING

     ACT TWO (IN THE SUNLIGHT)

 10.THIS PLUM IS TOO RIPE
 11.I CAN SEE IT
 12.PLANT A RADISH
 13.ROUND AND ROUND
 14.THERE WERE YOU
 15.TRY TO REMEMBER (REPRISE)


          ACT ONE (IN THE MOONLIGHT)  

       1.OVERTURE  
          (ORCHESTRA)


       2.TRY TO REMEMBER  
          Try to remember the kind of September
          When life was slow and oh, so mellow.
          Try to remember the kind of September
          When grass was green and grain was yellow.
          Try to remember the kind of September
          When you were a tender and callow fellow.
          Try to remember, and if you remember,
          Then follow.

          Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow,
          Follow, follow, follow, follow.

          Try to remember when life was so tender
          That no one wept except the willow.
          Try to remember when life was so tender
          That dreams were kept beside your pillow.
          Try to remember when life was so tender
          That love was an ember about to billow.
          Try to remember, and if you remember,
          Then follow.

          Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow,
          Follow, follow, follow, follow.

          Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow,
          Follow, follow, follow, follow.

          Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow,
          Follow, follow, follow, follow.

          Deep in December, it's nice to remember,
          Although you know the snow will follow.
          Deep in December, it's nice to remember,
          Without a hurt the heart is hollow.
          Deep in December, it's nice to remember,
          The fire of September that made us mellow.
          Deep in December, our hearts should remember
          And follow.


       3.MUCH MORE  
          I'm sixteen years old and everyday something happens to me
          Oh... Oh... Oooooh! I hug myself till my arms turn blue, and
          then I close my eyes and I cry and cry till the tears come down
          and I can taste them. I love to taste my tears. I am special.
          I am special. Please, God, please, don't let me be normal!
          I'd like to swim in a clear blue stream
          Where the water is icy cold.
          Then go to town
          In a golden gown,
          And have my fortune told.
          Just once,
          Just once,
          Just once before I'm old.

          I'd like to be not evil,
          But a little worldly wise.
          To be the kind of girl designed
          To be kissed upon the eyes.

          I'd like to dance till two o'clock,
          Or sometimes dance till dawn,
          Or if the band could stand it,
          Just go on and on and on
          Just once,
          Just once,
          Before the chance is gone!

          I'd like to waste a week or two
          And never do a chore.
          To wear my hair unfastened
          So it billows to the floor.

          To do the things I've dreamed about
          But never done before!
          Perhaps I'm bad, or wild, or mad,
          With lots of grief in store,
          But I want much more than keeping house!
          Much more!
          Much more!
          Much more!


       4.METAPHOR  
          I don't what to call her!
          She's too vibrant for a name!
          Should I call her...Juliet!

          Yes, dear

          Helena!

          Yes, dear!

          And Cassandra, and Cleopatra, and Beatrice
          And also Guenevere

          What dear?

          I think she's there.
          Can you hear me?

          (...)
          Speak a little louder!

          I love you!

          Ah ah ah ah aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
          If I were in the desert deep in sand,
          And the sun was burning like a hot pomegranate:
          Walking through a nightmare in the heat of a summer day,
          Until my mind was parch-ed!
          Then you are water...
          Cool, clear water...
          A refreshing glass of water!

          What dear?

          Water!

          Ah ah ah aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

          Love! You are love!
          Better far than a metaphor
          Can ever, ever be.
          Love! You are love!
          My mystery of love!

          If the world was like an iceberg,
          And everything was frozen,
          And tears turned into icicles in the eye!
          And snow came pouring
          And sleet and ice
          Came stabbing like a knife!
          Then you are heat!
          A fire alive with heat!
          A flame that thaws the iceberg with its heat!

          Repeat!

          You are heat!

          Ah ah ah ah aaaaaaaaaaa!

          Love! (I am love!)
          You are love! (I am love!)
          Better far than a metaphor
          Can ever, ever be.
          Love! (I am love!)
          You are love! (I am love!)
          My mystery  (His mystery)
          Of love!

          You are Polaris,
          The one trustworthy star.
          You are! (I am!)
          You are! (I am!)

          You are September,
          A special mystery
          To me! (To he!)
          To me! (To he!)

          You are sunlight! Moonlight!
          Mountains! Valleys!
          The microscopic inside of a leaf!
          My joy! (Yes, I am his joy!)
          My grief! (Yes, I am his grief!)
          My star! (Yes, I am his star!)
          My leaf! (Yes, I am his leaf!)

          Oh. Love! (I am love!)
          You are love! (I am love!)
          Better far than a metaphor
          Can ever, ever be.
          Love! (I am love!)
          You are love! (I am love!)
          My mystery (His mystery)
          Of love...
          Love...
          Love...!


       5.NEVER SAY NO  
          Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!

          Dog's got to bark, a mule's got to bray.
          Soldiers must fight and preachers must pray.
          And children, I guess, must get their own way
          The minute that you say no.

          Why did the kids pour jam on the cat?
          Raspberry jam all over the cat?
          Why should the kids do something like that,
          When all that we said was no?

          My son was once afraid to swim.
          The water made him wince.
          Until I said he mustn't swim:
          S'been swimmin' ever since!

          S'been swimmin' ever since!

          Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!

          Dog's got to bark, a mule's got to bray.
          Soldiers must fight and preachers must pray.
          And children, I guess, must get their own way
          The minute that you say no.

          Why did the kids put beans in their ears?
          No one can hear with beans in their ears.
          After a while the reason appears.
          They did it cause we said no.

          Your daughter brings a young man in,
          Says "Do you like him, Pa?"
          Just say that he's a fool and then:
          You've got a son-in-law!

          You've got a son-in-law!

          Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!

          Sure as the June comes right after May!
          Sure as the night comes right after day!
          You can be sure the devil's to pay
          The minute that you say no.

          Make sure you never say...
          No!


       6.RAPE SONG (IT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU PAY)  
          Rape!
          R-a-a-a-pe!
          Raa-aa-aa-pe!

          A pretty rape!
          A literary rape!

          We've the obvious open schoolboy rape,
          With little mandolins and perhaps a cape.
          The rape by coach; it's little in request.
          The rape by day, but the rape by night is best.

          Just try to see it.
          And you will soon agree, señors,
          Why
          Invite regret,
          When you can get the sort of rape
          You'll never ever forget.

          You can get the rape emphatic.
          You can get the rape polite.
          You can get the rape with Indians:
          A very charming sight.
          You can get the rape on horseback;
          They'll all say it's new and gay.
          So you see the sort of rape
          Depends on what you pay.
          It depends on what you
          Pay.

          The kids will love it.
          It depends on what you pay!
          So why be stingy?
          It depends on what you --

          The spectacular rape,
          With costumes ordered from the East.
          Requires rehearsal
          And takes a dozen men at least.
          A couple of singers,
          And a string quartet.
          A major production.
          Requires a set.

          Sounds expensive!

          Just try to see it.
          And you will soon si,si señors,
          Why
          Invite regret,
          When you can get the sort of rape
          You'll never ever forget.

          You can get the rape emphatic.
          You can get the rape polite.
          You can get the rape with Indians:
          A very charming sight.
          You can get the rape on horseback;
          They'll all say it's new and gay.
          So you see the sort of rape
          Depends on what you pay.
          It depends on what you
          Pay.

          So why be stingy?
          It depends on what you pay!
          The kids will love it.
          It depends on what you --

          The comic rape.
          Perhaps it's just a trifle too unique.
          Romantic rape:
          Done while canoeing on a moonlit creek.
          The gothic rape!
          I play "Valkyrie" on a bass bassoon!
          The drunken rape.
          It's done completely in a cheap saloon.

          The rape Venetian
          Needs a blue lagoon.
          The rape with moonlight
          Or without a moon.
          Moonlight is expensive but it's in demand.
          The military rape:
          It's done with drummer and a band.

          You understand?
          I understand.
          It's very grand.
          It's very grand.
          It's done with drums and a great big brass band!
          Yeah!

          Just try to see it.
          I see it!
          I see it!
          And you will soon si,si señors,
          Why
          Invite regret,
          When you can get the sort of rape
          You'll never ever forget.

          You can get the rape emphatic.
          You can get the rape polite.
          You can get the rape with Indians:
          A very charming sight.
          You can get the rape on horseback;
          They'll all say it's new and gay.
          So you see the sort of rape
          Depends on what you pay.
          So you see the sort of rape
          Depends on what you pay.
          So you see the sort of rape
          Depends on what you pay.
          So you see the sort of rape
          Depends on what you pay.
          Depends on what you pay.
          Depends on what you pay.
          Depends on what you pay.
          Depends on what you pay.


          So why be stingy?
          It depends on what you pay!
          The kids will love it.
          It depends on what you

          Ra-aa-aa-pe!
          Ole!


       7.SOON IT'S GONNA RAIN  
          Hear how the wind begins to whisper.
          See how the leaves go streaming by.
          Smell how the velvet rain is falling,
          Out where the fields are warm and dry.
          Now is the time to run inside and stay.
          Now is the time to find a hideaway
          Where we can stay.

          Soon it's gonna rain.
          I can see it.
          Soon it's gonna rain.
          I can tell.
          Soon it's gonna rain.
          What are we gonna do?

          Soon it's gonna rain.
          I can feel it.
          Soon it's gonna rain.
          I can tell.
          Soon it's gonna rain.
          What'll we do with you?

          We'll find four limbs of a tree.
          We'll build four walls and a floor.
          We'll bind it over with leaves,
          And run inside to stay.

          Then we'll let it rain.
          We'll not fell it.
          Then we'll let it rain,
          Rain pell-mell.

          And we'll not complain
          If it never stops at all.
          We'll live and love
          Within our own four walls.

          We'll find four limbs of a tree.
          We'll build four walls and a floor.
          We'll bind it over with leaves,
          And run inside to stay.

          Soon it's gonna rain.
          Come run inside to stay!
          Soon it's gonna rain.
          For soon it's gonna rain.
          I can see it.
          I can feel it.
          Run inside and...

          Then we'll let it rain.
          We'll not feel it.
          Then we'll let it rain.
          Ran pell-mell.

          And we'll not complain
          - Happy ending...
          If it never stops at all.
          Then we'll let it rain.
          Why complain?

          We'll live and love within our walls.
          Happily we'll live and love,
          No cares at all.
          Happily we'll live and love
          Within our castle walls.


       8.RAPE BALLET  
          [ORCHESTRA]


       9.HAPPY ENDING  
          Love! You are love!
          Better far than a metaphor
          Can ever, ever be.
          Love! You are love!
          My mystery of love!
          Love...
          Love...
          Love...
          Love...!
          Love...
          Love...
          Love...!


          ACT TWO (IN THE SUNLIGHT)  


      10.THIS PLUM IS TOO RIPE  
          This plum is too ripe!
          - Sorry!
          Take away the golden moonbeam.
          Take away the tinsel sky.
          What at night seems oh so scenic
          May be cynic by and by.

          Take away the painted sunset.
          Take away the blue lagoon.
          What at night seems oh so scenic
          May be cynic much too soon.

          Take away the sense of drama.
          Take away the puppet play.
          What at night seems oh so scenic
          May be cynic by today.

          Take away the secret meetings.
          Take away the chance to fight.
          What at night seems oh so scenic
          May be cynic in the light.

          So take it away and paint it up right!
          So take it away and decorate it!
          So take it away; that sun is too bright!
          I say that it really is a pity.
          It used to be so pretty.

          Take away the golden moonbeam.
          Take away the tinsel sky.
          What at night seems oh so scenic
          May be cynic by and by.

          Take away the painted sunset.
          Take away the blue lagoon.
          What at night seems oh so scenic
          May be cynic much too soon.

          Take away the sense of drama.
          Take away the puppet play.
          What at night seems oh so scenic
          May be cynic by today.

          Take away the secret meetings.
          Take away the chance to fight.
          What at night seems oh so scenic
          May be cynic in the light.

          So take it away and paint it up right!
          So take it away and decorate it!
          So take it away; that sun is too bright!
          I say that it really is a pity.
          It used to be so pretty.

          By today,
          Much too soon.
          By and by.

          This plum is too ripe!
          Sorry!


      11.I CAN SEE IT  
          Beyond that road lies a shining world.
          Beyond that road lies despair.
          Beyond that road lies a world that's gleaming.
          People who are scheming.
          Beauty!
          Hunger!
          Glory!
          Sorrow!
          Never a pain or care.
          He's liable to find a couple of surprises there.

          There's a song he must sing;
          It's a well-known song.
          But the tune is bitter
          And it doesn't take long to learn!

          I can learn!
          That pretty little world that beams so bright.
          That pretty little world that seems delightful
          Can burn! Burn! Burn!
          Let me learn! Let me learn!

          For, I can see it!
          Shining somewhere!
          Bright lights somewhere invite me to come there
          And learn!
          And I'm ready!

          I can hear it!
          Sirens singing!
          Inside my ear I hear them all singing
          Come learn!

          Who knows, maybe
          All the visions I can see
          May be waiting just for me
          To say take me there, and

          Make me see it!
          Make me feel it!
          I know it's so
          I know that it really
          May be!
          Let me learn!

          I can see it!
          (He can see it!)
          Shining somewhere!
          (Shining somewhere!)

          Those lights not only glitter
          But once there they burn!

          I can hear it!
          (He can hear it!)
          Sirens singing!
          (Sirens singings!)

          Don't listen close
          Or maybe you'll never
          Return!

          Who know, maybe
          All the visions that I (he) sees
          May be waiting just for me (him) to
          Say

          I can see it!
          Say
          Shining somewhere!
          Say
          Let me see it!
          Say
          Take me there
          And make me a part of it!

          Make me see
          Those shining sights inside of me!
          (Make him see it!)

          Make me feel
          Those lights inside
          Don't lie to me!
          (Make him feel it!)

          I (he) know(s) it's so --
          I (he) know(s) that it really may be!

          Just what I always waited for!
          This is what my life's created for!

          Let me (him) learn!


      12.PLANT A RADISH  
          Plant a radish.
          Get a radish.
          Never any doubt.
          That's why I love vegetables;
          You know what you're about!

          Plant a turnip.
          Get a turnip.
          Maybe you'll get two.
          That's why I love vegetables;
          You know that they'll come through!

          They're dependable!
          They're befriendable!
          They're the best pal a parent's ever known!
          While with children,
          It's bewilderin'.
          You don't know until the seed is nearly grown
          Just what you've sown.

          So
          Plant a carrot,
          Get a carrot,
          Not a Brussels sprout.
          That's why I love vegetables.
          You know what you're about!

          Life is merry,
          If it's very
          Vegetarian!
          A man who plants a garden
          Is a very happy man!

          Plant a beanstalk.
          Get a beanstalk.
          Just the same as Jack.
          Then if you don't like it,
          You can always take it back!

          But if your issue
          Doesn't kiss you,
          Then I wish you luck.
          For once you've planted children,
          You're absolutely stuck!

          Every turnip green!
          Every kidney bean!
          Every plant grows according to the plot!

          While with progeny,
          It's hodge-podgenee.
          For as soon as you think you know what kind you've got,
          It's what they're not!

          So
          Plant a cabbage.
          Get a cabbage.
          Not a sauerkraut!
          That's why I love vegetables.
          You know what you're about!

          Life is merry
          If it's very
          Vegetarian.
          A man who plants a garden
          Is a very happy man!

          A vegitari-
          Very merry
          Vegetarian!


      13.ROUND AND ROUND  
          Round and round,
          Till the break of day.
          Candles glow,
          Fiddles play.
          Why not be wild if we feel that way?
          Reckless and terribly gay!

          Round and round,
          'Neath a magic spell.
          Velvet gown,
          Pink lapel.
          Life is a colorful carousel.
          Reckless and terribly gay!

          I'm ready anytime.
          If you'll take me, I'm
          Ready to go!

          So show the way to me.
          I will try to be
          Ready to go!

          I seem to see Venice:
          We're on a lagoon.
          A gondolier's crooning
          A gondola tune.
          The air makes your hair
          Billow blue in the moon!

          I could swoon!

          You're so blue in the moon!

          We'll just dance!
          We'll kick up our heels to music and dance!
          Until my head reels with music.
          Just like a lovely real romance.
          All we'll do is daily dance.

          All we'll do is just dance.
          All we'll do is just dance.
          All we'll do is just

          Round and round,
          Till the break of day.
          Candles glow,
          Fiddles play.
          Why not be wild if we feel that way?
          Reckless and terribly gay!

          I'm ready anytime.
          If you'll take me, I'm
          Ready to go!

          So show the way to me.
          I will try to be
          Ready to go!

          I seem to see Athens, it's terribly chic.
          Atop the Acrop'lis, it's terribly Greek.
          There's Venus, Adonis, 'n us
          Cheek to cheek.

          Oh how chic!

          To be Greek cheek to cheek!

          We'll just dance!
          We'll kick up our heels to music and dance!
          Until my head reels with music.
          Just like a lovely real romance.
          All we'll do is daily dance.

          All we'll do is just dance.
          All we'll do is just dance.
          All we'll do is just --

          Round and round,
          'Neath a magic spell.
          Velvet gown,
          Pink lapel.
          Life is a colorful carousel.
          Reckless and terribly gay!

          I'm ready anytime.
          If you'll take me, I'm
          Ready to go!

          So show the way to me.
          I will try to be
          Ready to go!

          We'll be in Bengasi or maybe Bombay.
          I understand Indja is terribly gay.
          The natives assemble on feast day and play

          With their snakes?

          What a racket it makes!

          We'll
          Just
          Dance!

          We'll kick up our heels to music and dance!
          Until my head reels with music.
          Just like a lovely real romance.

          All we'll do is daily
          I can see the friendly natives!
          All we'll do is just dance.
          All we'll do is just dance.
          All we'll do is just
          Round and round in a magic spell

          All we'll do is just
          All we'll do is just
          All we'll do is just
          All we'll do is just
          All we'll do is just...
          Dance!


      14.THERE WERE YOU  
          When the moon was young,
          When the month was May,
          When the stage was hung for my holiday,
          I saw shining lights
          But I never knew:
          They were you.
          They were you.
          They were you.

          When the dance was done,
          When I went my way,
          When I tried to find rainbows far away,
          All the lovely lights
          Seemed to fade from view:
          They were you.
          They were you.
          They were you.

          Without you near me,
          I can't see.
          When you're near me,
          Wonderful things come to be.

          Every secret prayer,
          Every fancy free,
          Everything I dared for both you and me.
          All my wildest dreams
          Multiplied by two
          They were you.
          They were you.
          They were you.

          They were you.
          They were you.
          They were you.


      15.FINALE: METAPHOR/TRY TO REMEMBER (REPRISE)  
          Love! You are love!
          Better far than a metaphor
          Can ever, ever be.
          Love! (Love!)
          You are love! (You are love!)
          My mystery (My mystery)
          Of love!

          (...)

          Deep in December,
          It's nice to remember,
          Although you know the snow will follow.
          Deep in December,
          It's nice to remember,
          Without a hurt the heart is hollow.
          Deep in December,
          It's nice to remember,
          The fire of September that made us mellow.
          Deep in December,
          Our hearts should remember
          And follow.