The Fantasticks: An All-New Steampunk Adaptation Readies for National Tour

Through the creative genius of Director Carl Beck, Costume Designer Georgiann Regan and Scenic Designer Jim Othuse, comes a steampunk-inspired adaptation of this classic musical which promises to provide an unparalleled experience, whether you are revisiting this show, or seeing it for the first time.


Of the steampunk concept, Beck said "It's not an intrusive concept. It seems like the allegoric-quality can blend with the fantasy, giving it a quasi-period feel and making for a stronger statement than [The Fantasticks] usually gets." He added that the story is not being re-written or changed in any way. Outside of the costumes, set and props, this show is, in its entirety, the original.

"It's classical simplicity. It's not a contemporary character tale. It's about a boy who is overly in love with a girl. [Their] father's are trying to keep them together by pulling them apart," Beck said. "Steampunk seems to lend itself to this story by finding beauty among the broken pieces."


And the critics agree.

Steampunk is a genre which came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternate history such as Victorian era Britain or "Wild West"-era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time —that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. This technology includes such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the contemporary authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld and China Mieville.

Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace's Analytical Engine.


Steampunk also refers to art, fashion, and design that are informed by the aesthetics of Steampunk literature.

Selected steampunk works:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

The Time Machine

Master of the World

Captain Nemo and the Underwater City

Wild Wild West

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The Golden Compass

Sherlock Holmes





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"The Fantasticks" is presented through special arrangement with MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL, New York, NY. 

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