Tom Jones (writer)

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Tom Jones
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Jones in 2008
BornFebruary 17, 1928 (1928-02-17) (age 94)
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin
Occupation(s)Lyricist and librettist

Tom Jones (born February 17, 1928) is an American lyricist and librettist, best known for The Fantasticks, 110 in the Shade, and I Do! I Do!. He was born in Littlefield, Texas.


Jones' best-known work is The Fantasticks, which ran off-Broadway from 1960 until 2002, and the hit song from the same, "Try to Remember". Other songs from The Fantasticks include "Soon It's Gonna Rain", "Much More", and "I Can See It". He also wrote the screenplay for the 1995 feature-film adaptation.

Jones acted in a New York City revival of The Fantasticks, which he also directed.[1] He played the part of the Old Actor, from when the musical opened in 1960, and from April 26, 2010, to June 6, 2010. He was credited as an actor in the show as Thomas Bruce.[2]

Jones is also the author of Making Musicals: An Informal Introduction to the World of Musical Theater,[3] about which Elyse Sommer wrote on January 15, 1998 in CurtainUp:

Extremely well organized and packed with interesting information, the first half of the book deals in broad and general terms with the growth and development of the American musical. The second half focuses on the practical "how-to" of putting together a musical, using Jones's own career and shows he's worked on as a springboard ... Since only half the book falls within the category of how-to I'm glad to report that this advice is stick-to-the-ribs solid. No hyperbole. No gratuitous name dropping.[4]

All of Jones's major musicals were written with Harvey Schmidt, whom he met at the University of Texas at Austin.

Theater credits[edit]


  1. ^ Hetrick, Adam. June 4, 2010. Tom Jones to Depart the Fantasticks Off Broadway. Archived August 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Brantley, Ben. August 24, 2006. A Return to Off Broadway, With Performance No. 17,163. The New York Times.
  3. ^ Making Musicals: An Informal Introduction to the World of Musical Theater, (Paperback) 1998, Limelight Editions.
  4. ^ "Making Musicals", review by Elyse Sommer, January 15, 1998, CurtainUp

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