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. It has delighted audiences across the world—including a record shattering 17,162 performances at the Sullivan Street Playhouse, where it made its Off Broadway debut in 1960. This recording preserves the 2006 revival production, which plays Off-Broadway at the Snapple Theatre Center's Jerry Orbach Theater.
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.