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My take: Other commitments are keeping me from seeing this show, or else I would have been there on opening night myself. Originally produced for Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House, this stage adaptation of the classic 1942 film musical is jam-packed with Irving Berlin hits. "The charming, nostalgic musical," writes Tina Farmer at KDHX, "recalls the post war optimism of the late 1940s and 1950s, and is a fond toast to the resiliency of the American spirit." At Broadwayworld.com, Chris Gibson describes this as "a terrific show filled with eye-popping choreography, big splashy numbers, and enough romantic entanglements to please any fan of the original film."
My take: I haven't seen this production yet, but the play itself is one of the great musicals of the past century, with a memorable score and a funny and literate book. Based on Rostand's The Romancers, the show has a very Gallic outlook on life and love that makes it unusual in American musical theatre and always worth seeing. "If you are among the few who have never seen a production of The Fantasticks," writes Bob Wilcox at KDHX, "the current one at Insight Theatre Company offers you a splendid introduction to this ever-charming musical."