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Broadway Veteran, FSU Alum Headlining 'The Fantasticks' Benefit Concert

FSU The Fantasticks
Posted at 12:45 PM, Dec 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 13:50:50-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- The FSU School of Theatre is gearing up for this year's special 2015 benefit concert, The Fantasticks.

It's a musical following a girl, boy, a wall and two meddling fathers. As the School of Theatre describes, "Featuring classic songs such as

'Try to Remember that Kind of September,' 'They Were You,' and 'Soon it’s Going to Rain,' audiences are magically transported through a forbidden romance surrounded by moonlight, illusion and truth."

The show is extra magical because it supports an important mission. All proceeds support scholarships and student programs at Florida State.

Organizers say, "In the spirit of this special time of year, we invite you to be part of something extraordinary. Join us for an evening of music that you know and love, and be part of making our students’ dreams come true."

The Fantasticks features FSU music theatre students, alongside some noteworthy names.

School of Communication professor Mark Zeigler will play Hucklebee. Officials write, "Last seen on the Fallon Stage in Ragtime, Mark is the originator of the social media campaign that went viral this summer ‪#‎somuchmorethanfootball‬."

Broadway star and FSU alum Davis Gaines is also a major part of the show. Gaines is renowned for performing the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera more than 2,000 times in runs on Broadway, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. According to his biography, "Gaines has sung for five US presidents, performed at the Kennedy Center Honors, and performed with every major orchestra in North America."

The Fantasticks is Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is at the Fallon Theatre inside FSU's Fine Arts Building (540 W. Call Street). 

Tickets are $45 for the show and $75 for the show and after reception. 

For more information, call (850) 644-6500 or click here.