The Fantasticks, by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt, is the world's longest running musical- running for over 52 years in Manhattan and entrancing generations of audiences the world over.
The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. The narrator, El Gallo, originally played by Jerry Orbach, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that "without a hurt, the heart is hollow."
The famous score, which includes the classics Try To Remember, They Were You and Soon It's Gonna Rain, is as timeless as the story itself.
Running Time: Two hours and five minutes, with one intermission
Snapple Theater Center / Jerry Orbach Theater(New York, NY)
210 West 50th Street
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by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017
Playwright Tom Jones is making some changes to his 57-year-old musical THE FANTASTICKS. Mr. Jones has done a little bit of rewriting of the musical number "Round and Round" which he has always felt never quite conveyed the darker elements he intended.
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017
Off Broadway's longest running musical, The Fantasticks will celebrate its 57th Anniversary on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7PM.
by BWW News Desk - March 21, 2017
Producers of Off-Broadway's THE FANTASTICKS have announced that the long runningmusical will close on June 4, 2017 - in its the 57th year. The production originally opened in 1960.
by BWW News Desk - March 8, 2017
The Fantasticks has a new El Gallo and Luisa! Bradley Dean has taken on the role of the suave narrator and Emily Behny has taken on the role of the girl.
by BWW News Desk - November 28, 2016
John O'Hurley, the New York Times Best Selling Author and Screen Actor's Guild Award Winner for his role as J. Peterman on 'Seinfeld,' the #1 syndicated television show in the world is headed to Off Broadway's Jerry Orbach Theatre at the Theatre Center, joining the cast of the longest running musical in the world, THE FANTASTICKS this holiday season. The show's producers, Al Parinello and Catherine Russell have announced that Mr. O'Hurley will be taking on the role of the dashing narrator el Gallo for a limited engagement that begins on Monday, December 12th and concludes Sunday, January 1st.
by Walter McBride - September 2, 2016
Peter Reckell, the Emmy nominated actor best known for playing Bo Brady, a role he originated in 1981 on the NBC drama Days of Our Lives, will take on the role of the suave and charismatic El Gallo when he joins the cast of the long running musical THE FANTASTICKS in a limited engagement that begins on September 5th and runs through September 25th the show's producers, Al Parinello and Catherine Russell announced today. This isn't the first time the he's performed in the show. Mr. Reckell played the role of The Mute (and covered The Boy) 35 years ago, in the Sullivan Street Production.
by Caryn Robbins - August 11, 2016
Many years ago he played the role of The Mute and Matt in the Sullivan Street Production of THE FANTASTICKS. Today, Reckell speaks exclusively with BWW about the challenges and rewards of returning to the stage after a thirty-five year absence!
by BWW News Desk - August 8, 2016
Lorenzo Lamas, (Grease, Falcon Crest, Celebrity Apprentice) has signed on to play the suave and charismatic narrator El Gallo in the long running musical THE FANTASTICKS this fall.
by BWW News Desk - July 18, 2016
Peter Reckell, the Emmy nominated actor best known for playing Bo Brady, a role he originated in 1981 on the NBC drama Days of Our Lives, will take on the role of the suave and charismatic El Gallo when he joins the cast of the long running musical THE FANTASTICKS in a limited engagement that begins on September 5th and runs through September 25th the show's producers, Al Parinello and Catherine Russell announced today.
by BroadwayWorld TV - July 15, 2016
In attendance today was the cast of The Fantasticks(Dale Hensley, Rob Richardson, Andrew Polec, Madison Claire Parks) who performed the songs 'Soon It's Gonna Rain' and 'Never Say No.' Check out highlights below!
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016
The Off Broadway musical THE FANTASTICKS will turn 57 years old on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - continuing its run as the longest running musical in the world.
by BWW News Desk - March 18, 2016
Actor Shavey Brown will be making his Off Broadway debut when he joins the cast of the long running musical THE FANTASTICKS on Monday March 28 - and making theatrical history, as he will be the second African American - and the first since 1977 - to step into the role of El Gallo since the production began performing 56 years ago, say the shows producers, Al Parinello and Catherine Russell.
by Joseph F. Panarello - February 17, 2016
Drew Seigla, who is THE FANTASTICKS' current Mute, branches out as an opera director and concert performer
by BWW News Desk - December 16, 2015
What do you give to the person with everything? The Jerry Orbach Theater (1627 Broadway), home to the longest running musical in the world, THE FANTASTICKS, believes the best present might be the magic of theater as they announces a first of its kind "SEAT OWNERSHIP AT THE FANTASTICKS" program. Much like the subscription style table sharing system that is employed at the world famous NYC restaurant RAO's where loyal customers have their own tables, fans of the show will be able to choose their seat of choice for any 12 performances throughout one year's time, specially designated with a plaque on that seat. Subscribers will be able to transfer tickets to friends or family or co-workers, should they choose. The subscription fee is $500.
by Courtnee Miles - October 9, 2015
On a rainy night in September, at Northside United Methodist Church, magic was created. The Fantasticks ran, this weekend, and left audiences with memories that'll last a lifetime. As the opening song suggests, "Try to remember the kind of September, when life was so tender." Yes, tender moments were truly felt.
by BroadwayWorld TV - August 1, 2015
Broadway in Bryan Park continued its 2015 program on Thursday - and BroadwayWorld was on hand to capture the first day. This week's line-up included performances from the casts of MATILDA, LES MISERABLES, THE FANTASTICKS, ON THE TOWN and HAPPY 50ISH. Below, watch as Edward Watts, William Thomas Evans, Philip Hoffman, Daniel Berryman and Samantha Bruce perform The Fantasticks' 'Try to Remember,' 'Never Say No,' and 'Soon It's Gonna Rain.'
by Joseph F. Panarello - February 3, 2015
Ed Watts, the current El Gallo in THE FANTASTICKS talks about SCANDALOUS, SUPERMAN and his current role in Off-Broadway's longest running musical
by Joseph F. Panarello - September 19, 2014
Max Crumm goes from a reality TV show to THE FATNATSTICKS with several impressive stops along the way.
by BroadwayWorld TV - August 9, 2014
This week's event featured performances from the cast of The Fantasticks, featuring: max Crumm and Samantha Bruce. Check out a clip of 'Soon It's Gonna Rain' below!
by BWW News Desk - July 8, 2014
Broadway and film actor Max Crumm (Easy A, Grease) has signed on to join the cast of The Fantasticks, in the lead role of 'Matt/The Boy', producers Al Parinello and Catherine Russell have announced. He will start performances tonight, July 8.