The Fantasticks — Off-Broadway


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What: The Fantasticks
Where: PLAYING AT
SNAPPLE THEATRE CENTER/JERRY ORBACH THEATER
How Long:
TIME
2 hrs. 5 mins.
(1 Intermission)
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$76.50
Average Weekly Schedule:
MONDAY 8:00PM
TUESDAY 8:00PM
WEDNESDAY 2:30PM 8:00PM
THURSDAY 8:00PM
FRIDAY DARK
SATURDAY 3:00PM 8:00PM
SUNDAY 7:30PM


The Fantasticks — Off-Broadway revival
On August 23, 2006, a revival of The Fantasticks opened at the off-Broadway Snapple Theater Center, New York City where it continues to run. It was directed by lyricist Jones, who also appeared in the role of Henry, The Old Actor, under the stage name Thomas Bruce. The original cast of the The Fantasticks — Off-Broadway revival also included Burke Moses, Leo Burmester, Martin Vidnovic, Santino Fontana and Sara Jean Ford, with Dorothy Martin at the piano and Erin Hill at the harp. A cast recording of this production was released by Ghostlight Records. Anthony Fedorov, American Idol finalist from Season 4, assumed the role of Matt from May through July 2007. Nick Spangler, winner of the thirteenth season of The Amazing Race, appeared in the cast from the production's opening until December 13, 2009. Margaret Anne Florence, played Luisa from July through December 2008. Lewis Cleale played El Gallo between 2008 and 2010 Tom Jones left the cast in 2010, after the musical had celebrated its 50th anniversary. In memory of the original El Gallo, the theatre has been renamed the Jerry Orbach theatre.

The Fantasticks is a 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. It was produced by Lore Noto. It tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play "The Romancers" ("Les Romanesques") by Edmond Rostand, concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud and erecting a wall between their houses. The fathers then hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically seem to save Luisa, settling the supposed feud and securing their fathers' blessings (which of course the young lovers have really had all along). After the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match. Each goes off to experience the wider world. They return to each other bruised but enlightened by their journeys, realizing that they have always been in love, and renew their vows with more maturity. Elements of the play are ultimately drawn from the story of Pyramus and Thisbe, its story winding its way through Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream as well as Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore and Rostand's play.
The show's original The Fantasticks — Off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years and 17,162 performances, making it the world's longest-running musical. It was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 1991. The poetic book and breezy, inventive score, including such familiar songs as "Try to Remember," helped make this show so durable. Many productions followed, as well as television and film versions. The Fantasticks has also become a staple of regional, community, and high school productions virtually since its premiere, with approximately 250 new productions each year. It is played with a small cast, two-person orchestra and minimalist set design. Among many revivals, the show re-opened off-Broadway in 2006. As of 2010, its original investors have earned 240 times their original investments. The musical has played throughout the U.S. and in at least 67 foreign countries.

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