Tri-Cities Opera Presents The Fantasticks: The Reimagining of a Classic Love Story

January 23, 2024

Tri-Cities Opera is thrilled to bring the revival of a beloved love story to the Tri-Cities Opera Center this February. Audiences are invited to join one of the THREE upcoming performances of The FantasticksTickets can now be purchased at for two evening performances–Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th–or a matinee performance on Sunday, February 11th.

The Fantasticks was originally created in 1960. The metaphorical story, loosely based on the 1894 play The Romancers (Les Romanesques), follows two neighboring parents who trick their children into falling in love by pretending to feud. The original production closed in 2002.

In 2022, The Fantasticks returned as a LGBTQIA+ focused rewrite featuring two young gay men, Matt and Lewis. Despite the reimagination, the message remains unchanged in the classic love story. Matt and Lewis lead the audience through a narrative that focuses on the complexity of life and love. While both are full of obstacles, they show that it is possible for people to persevere and find their way.

The rewritten version brings purposeful representation to the TCO stage. Tri-Cities Opera is proud to tell such meaningful stories and fulfill our mission of making Opera for Everyone!

The two-hour production has one intermission and is performed in English. The Fantasticks book and lyrics were written by Tom Jones, and features music composed by Harvey Schmidt

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