Hastings theatre company adapts iconic musical for marriage equality era

Hastings’ NewBridge Theatre Company is adapting The Fantasticks, the world’s longest running musical, into one with same-sex characters. The show will run from Sept. 26 through 29th.

Elizabeth Tanner, artistic director at NewBridge, had adapted the musical by turning the parents of two youngsters who fall in love into two mothers who are secretly in love.
“Traditionally, The Fantasticks is performed as a lighthearted, kitschy musical comedy about a boy, Matt, and a girl, Luisa, who live next door to each other, and by their fathers’ pretending to feud are manipulated to fall in love. While NewBridge’s production of this classic musical will still be performed as a comedy, I decided to take it to a bit of a more real, even darker, level,” Tanner said in a press release.

Tickets run between $15 and $20. NewBridge is at 105 2nd Street E in Hastings, MN.

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