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Opera house stages longest running musical

Published on February 20, 2018 12:00AM

ELGIN — An award-winning Off-Broadway musical that takes people back to a time when the grass was green and the grain was yellow is being staged at the Elgin Opera House.

“The Fantasticks” is a romantic fable about a boy, a girl, their fathers and a love that grows each season. The fathers pretend to feud while facilitating a connection between their children. Directed by Grant Turner with Shahayla Ononaiye as the music director, the production continues Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and a matinée show Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The historic opera house is located at 104 N. Eighth St., Elgin. Tickets range from $8 to $17.

The 1960 show’s original Off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years with 17,162 performances — making it the world’s longest-running musical. With its Off-Broadway revival in 2006, it continued to rack up performances before closing in June 2017. It received Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 1991.

The production continues to be a popular choice for high school, community and regional theater groups. In addition to playing across the United States, “The Fantasticks” has also been staged in at least 67 countries.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 541-663-6324 or visit www.elginoperahouse.com.


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