“The Fantasticks”

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    tiffany-envid on #146861

    I am playing for the musical The Fantasticks in February and was
    wondering if any harpists who have played for it before could tell me
    what they thought about it (the most difficult song, trickiest part,
    little hints, suggestions, etc. etc.).

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    unknown-user on #146862

    I haven’t played the show since I subbed in the original Off-Broadway production quite a few years ago. Hank Whitmire was the last harpist to play the show, and he may have played it the longest, too. They rewrote the harp book, I seem to remember him saying. He’s probably the best person to get in contact with. It’s all playable, surprisingly, if you’re dextrous. With a sort of glib approach, like the show itself, it kind of fall into place. You have to do a lot of fast jumping onto different notes, placing, etc. but there should be enough time. The trickiest thing was having to play in a blackout until the lights came on. You probably won’t have that problem. There is an original cast recording, and if you listen carefully you can hear most of the harp part. It all moves along rather quickly, and is really lovely music. My favorite part was Soon It’s Gonna Rain. This Plum is Too Ripe is the trickiest, perhaps. It’s very syncopated, and you may have to play the claves as well as the harp.

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    Evangeline Williams on #146863

    I have a copy of the harp part that was given to me in ’97, but I don’t know if its the new or old version.

    Also, from my dealings in musical theater, even if a show’s music is editted/rewritten/revised/etc., it does not mean the copys made available to the theater group will be the same as the new version.

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    brian-noel on #146864

    Hi Tiffany,

    I’ve done this show a number of times over the past five years or so.

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    tiffany-envid on #146865

    Thank you all who have responded to my inquiry about The Fantasticks!

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    betsy-paine on #146866

    I am in the same boat right now. Need to okay this show the first two weeks of December, but the organizer can’t get the harp part to me for another week or so. I haven’t played this music for 30 years, and I know it will take a lot of work.

    Did you have any luck finding a copy of the harp part of the newer version of this harp part???

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    Elizabeth L on #146867

    Can you buy a copy of the score and learn it from there?

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    brian-noel on #146868

    The part is only available for rental from Musical Theatre International.

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    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #146869

    It is quite tricky, especially the fingering, so do get a part from someone who has played it before, only there is the old version and the new one, and I haven’t seen the new one!

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    brian-noel on #146870

    The new version is the same as the old, except put in to Finale, so it’s a bit more legible.

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    barbara-brundage on #146871

    Do you mean it’s the same as the old new version or did they revert to the old old version?

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    David Ice on #146872

    The only change I know of (and have encountered) is the song to replace “It Depends On What You Pay (The Rape Song.)

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    David Ice on #146873

    Also, I know that a couple of years ago harpist Alex Rannie was undertaking a project to re-work the harp part (with proper pedals, fingering, etc.) and have it engraved, etc. I don’t know what happened to it, but it certainly is about time for a proper typeset version that has been vetted by a working harpist!

    But the show is TONS of fun to play!

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    barbara-brundage on #146874

    Hi, David. I was referring to the original part (old old) vs the Alyssa Hess redo (new old) that’s been standard for so many years now. I much prefer the original and play that version whenever the music director will let me.

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    brian-noel on #146875

    Hi Barbara and David,

    “It Depends on What You Pay” is still in the show.

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