About The Program

The Fantasticks Kids-in-the-Theater Program is an arts education initiative that sends New York City public school children to see The Fantasticks and includes additional educational programming. Music Theatre International (licensor of The Fantasticks) introduced the program in 2010 and co-developed the initiative in partnership with The Theater Center and The Department of Education. The program's success inspired The Department of Education and The Fantasticks to work together to secure funding and underwrite the program annually. Tickets are provided to the program at a 67% discount and educational programming is provided to the kids free of charge.

One of theatre's most iconic shows, The Fantasticks is the world's longest running musical, running for over 50 years in Manhattan - over 3000 performances in its current home at The Jerry Orbach Theater. The score, which includes classics "Try to Remember", "They Were You" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain" is as timeless as the story - a funny version of Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending, appropriate and accessible to children as well as young adults. Learn More...

The Fantasticks's Kids In The Theatre Experience

  • Tickets to see The Fantasticks, the world's longest running musical
  • Q&A with the stars of The Fantasticks
  • Free study guides for the children & teachers to work from post-performance for great classroom integration
  • A tour of The Theater Center

Additional Information

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The Fantasticks Kids-in-the-Theater program would like to thank Joshua Carr, Hope Quinn, and Warren Prince for their contributions.