THE FANTASTICKS Comes to the Spencer Theater, 2/14

THE FANTASTICKS, appearing at the Spencer Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m., is the longest-running production of any kind in the world, and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

Featuring clever stage craft and gossamer melodies like "Try to Remember," The Fantasticks is the perfect Valentine's treat for anyone and everyone who loves to love!

The Fantasticks is a simple, yet sophisticated fable starring Nebraska Theatre Caravan players in two acts that are packed with sumptuous, atmospherically rich "steampunk" technology, creating artistic moods and heavily steam-powered scenes. Excellent seats are available for $69 & $66. Call 575.336.4800 or go to for tickets. A pre-performance buffet ($20) is also available at 6 p.m.

Next up at the Spencer:

• The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sunday, February 23 at 3 p.m. ($69 & $66). One of the most successful of all dance bands to emerge from the great Swing Era, this band of 18 performs a matchless tunes like "In The Mood," "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "Moonlight Serenade."

• "HAIR," The Original Broadway Rock-Musical Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m. ($79 & $76). Exuberant, Tony-winning musical about a group of American teenagers searching for truth, peace and love in the Vietnam War era. Riveting with compelling dancing and chart-topping hits: "Aquarius," "Let the Sun Shine In," "Good Morning, Starshine." (• Story contains adult content).

• "The Firebird" and "Rodeo," Ruidoso Dance Ensemble Saturday, March 15 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. ($30). Love and enchantment is expressed with physical distinction in these two short ballets. "The Firebird" is based on a beloved Russian fairy tale about enchantment and victory with a gorgeous score by Stravinsky. "Rodeo" is a Copland classic, a humorous love story about a tomboy cowgirl yearning for a partner in the pioneer west.

• Bella Electric Strings: The Music of Queen, Led Zepplin and The Beatles, Saturday, March 22 at 8 p.m. ($59 &56)). Featuring four beauties on electric violins with bass and guitar accompaniment, this is a classically trained rock group that is truly electrifying in tunes like "Kashmir," "Eleanor Rigby," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Comfortably Numb," "Purple Haze" and "Baba O'Riley." Concert sponsored in-part by Cindy & Gary Lynch.

• "West Side Story" Monday, March 31 at 3 p.m. ($66 & $63) and 8 p.m. ($69 & $66). One of the most memorable Broadway musicals of all time, this is a tale of the rivalry between two teenage street gangs and the tale of star-crossed love; with Tony-winning choreography, and a gorgeous score that includes "Tonight," "America," "Maria," "I Feel Pretty," "Officer Krupke" and "Somewhere."

• "Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes" starring Jason Petty Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ($59 & $56). Nostalgic look at Hank Williams and his impact on country music featuring the Obie-winning Hank Williams performer, Jason Petty. Together with his western band, Petty brings insight and energy to indelible hits like "Move It On Over," "Wine Me Up," "Kawliga" and "Moanin' The Blues."

Gary Lewis & The Playboys Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m. ($59 & $56). With a slew of chart-topping rock hits like "This Diamond Ring," "Count Me In," "Everybody Loves A Clown," and "Sealed With A Kiss" Lewis, a former Entertainer of the Year, continues to be one of the hottest acts around.

• "Voyagers" Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. ($15). An intercultural classical music concert with multi-Grammy nominees Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, Israeli cellist Udi Bar-David & American world-music percussionist Will Clipman.

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