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Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones

Music by Harvey Schmidt

Conceived and Directed by Michael Lluberes

2022 Reimagined LGBTQ+ Version

World Premiere

Flint Repertory Theatre


With a fresh new rewrite by book writer and lyricist Tom Jones, in collaboration with director Michael Lluberes, the young lovers at the center of the story are re-imagined as two young men. The Fantasticks is a funny and beautiful allegory about falling in love and growing up. We couldn’t be more excited to share this new interpretation of the longest-running musical in history.

CAST: Jason Briggs, Ben Cherry, Janet Haley, Diane Hill, Neil McCaffrey, Richard Payton, Jeremiah Porter, Catherine Shaffner


Choreography by Brad Willcuts

Musical Direction by Brian E. Buckner

Scenic Design by Shane Cinal

Costume Design by Brandon R. McWilliams

Lighting Design by Chelsie McPhillimy

Stage Manager: Melissa Collins


Photos by Mike Naddeo


*Wilde Award for BEST MUSICAL

*Wilde Award for BEST DIRECTOR

*Jim Posante LGBTQ Community Pride Award



“Stunning! …A new same-sex revision of the classic Off-Broadway musical, with tweaks by original lyricist/librettist Tom Jones, may work even better than the original boy-girl version.”  - American Theatre Magazine

“This show is a triumph in pumping new life and oxygen into this timeless play. …This production of The Fantasticks cements The Flint Rep as one of the leading lights of regional theatre in the country.” - Encore Michigan 

“Fantastic adaptation of “The Fantasticks” celebrates a new perspective!” 

- East Village Magazine

“It should have a future. I hope we see plenty more productions of The Fantasticks with the gay element and I hope that they could possibly be as good as this one was.” 

-Peter Filicia, This Week on Broadway


How the Original ‘Fantasticks’ Lyricist Crafted an LGBTQ+ Reimagining of the Play for Michigan Audiences - Pride Source

Flint Repertory Theatre to offer new take on world’s longest-running musical 

- Flint Beat


See Inside Flint Repertory Theatre's Production of The Fantasticks -

Tom Jones Revises The Fantasticks for a LGBTQIA Production - Theatre Mania

The Flint Rep celebrates PRIDE Month with a historic reimagined version of "The Fantasticks" - FlintSide

The Fantasticks: The Boys Next Door - Peter Filichia for Broadway Select

Flint Rep Presents Revived Version of “The Fantasticks” -Flint Stages

Flint Repertory Theatre makes history with an LGBTQIA+ take on the world’s longest-running musical  - East Village Magazine

First Look at the New LGBTQ+ THE FANTASTICKS at Flint Repertory Theatre

- BroadwayWorld

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