“The Fantasticks” will open Light Opera Works 2015 season June 6 with an expanded full orchestra.

The company also announced plans to day to stage “South Pacific” in August, “Hollywood’s Greatest Song Hits” in October and “Guys and Dolls” in December.

The current 2014 season concludes with “The Merry Widow, opening Dec. 19.

The October concert will be at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. All other productions are at the company’s home venue, Cahn Auditorium in Evanston,

“The Fantasticks, with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music ;by Harvey Schmidt was an off-Broadway hit that tells the story of two fathers who plot to get their boy and girl together by pretending to keep them apart. Song classics from the show include “Try to Remember,” “They Were You,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” and “Never Say No.”

“South Pacific” with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, was adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Tales of the South Pacific” by James A. Michener.

It brings together two couples from different worlds on a Pacific Island during World War II. The score includes “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Bali Ha’i,” There is Nothin’ Like a Dame” and “Younger Than Springtime.”

“Hollywood’s Greatest Song Hits” features tunes from America’s greatest songwriters including “Moon River,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “The Way We Were” and “As Time Goes By.” 

“Guys and Dolls,” a musical fable of Broadway, is based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon. It has music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.

It’s Broadway’s classic musical about gamblers and the gals who love them. Songs include “Luck Be a Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”

The Light Opera Works box office is located at 516 4th St. in Wilmette. To purchase tickets call (847) 920-5360 or order online at

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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