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Fantasy Frolic


The lineage of this Tony Award-winning musical is nearly as surprising as its fanciful plotting and its score’s homage to the Jazz Age. Conceived originally as a spoof to celebrate the nuptials of coauthor Bob Martin, a more formally reworked version made a splash at the Toronto Fringe Festival a decade ago, then played successfully to even larger houses in that fair Canadian city. After it moved to Broadway in 2006, it garnered serious praise, ran for more than 18 months, then embarked on various national and international tour dates. It’s a convoluted, pastiched tale of love, show biz, gangsters and millionaires set in the Roaring ’20s world of "Feldzieg's Follies," and TDC has to be the first one-act musical in history to feature a two-act play-within-a-play. There’s also a fascinating conceit whereby the show’s music emanates from a vinyl record, played on the studio-apartment phonograph of its dreamy narrator, whose overactive imagination has conjured up the big production spectacle before us. It all sounds like clever, over-the-top fun, and yes, there’s tap dancing. Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, who have collaborated on musical material for the acclaimed Canadian TV show Slings & Arrows, are the songwriters.
Feb. 9-14, 2010

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