From Playbill: The long-running Off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks reaches an unsurpassed 21,000 performances Feb. 8, having played in New York City for a total of 52 years.
From AMNY: Like the Energizer Bunny, The Fantasticks just keeps going and going. The Off-Broadway musical, which ran for decades in Greenwich Village before being revived in Times Square, will reach performance No. 21,000 on Feb. 8. Last year, the musical was on the verge of closing, but then two unusually generous fans promised financial support to keep it going.
From The Wall Street Journal: Now you can own a seat at The Fantasticks for an entire year! Call our Box Office for more information.
From The New York Post: The off-Broadway phenomenon The Fantasticks won’t be closing next month after all — thanks to a pair of fantastic fans.
From New York Daily News: The show must go on. Off-Broadway mainstay The Fantasticks, scheduled to close in May, will continue to be the “world’s longest-running musical,” thanks to a little help from some friends.
From The New York Times: About that closing of “The Fantasticks”: Never mind. The producers of the long-running Off-Broadway staple, who announced last month that they would close the show in early May, said on Saturday that two unnamed fans had contributed enough money to keep it open indefinitely.
NewYork.com did a write-up on the most romantic shows in New York both on Broadway and Off Broadway and The Fantasticks made the list! Click below for the full article.
Actor Ed Watts (El Gallo) and Producer Catherine Russell took some time to chat with Broadway.TV to talk about what makes The Fantasticks a classic and the business of Off Broadway.
The Fantasticks add special performances for Christmas Eve and New Year's Day!
In an interview with The Fantasticks’ Tom Jones, Seattle theatre writer John Longenbaugh tried to nail down what makes The Fantasticks such an "amazing show.” The insightful discussion ranged from the origins of The Fantasticks before the original off-Broadway run to Jones' continued involvement in the show and beyond. Long-time fans may find the discussion of the decision to change the final line to be of particular interest, as well as Jones’ description of The Fantasticks as “a celebration of the theatre.”
The Fantasticks' Max Crumm and Samantha Bruce co-hosted Broadway in Bryant Park on another spectacular afternoon with 106.7 Lite FM's Christine Nagy. To conclude an afternoon with some of the best of Broadway and Off-Broadway, Max and Samantha performed the classic "Soon It's Gonna Rain." Please check out photos of the event on our Facebook page and don't miss their on-stage selfie.
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Anna Gilligan from Good Day NY interviewed the cast of The Fantasticks for a segment on Fox Five, check it out at MyFoxNY.com This comes on the heels of an Associated Press Article on The Fantasticks' Kevin R. Free. Coverage of The Fantasticks' Max Crumm continues with a series of interviews - firstly with "Call Me Adam" and recently with Josh Ferri at BroadwayBox for The Daily Scoop.
Broadway and film actor Max Crumm (Grease, Easy A) will join The Fantasticks as Matt (The Boy) beginning July 8th. Max Crumm starred as Danny Zuko in the most recent Broadway revival of Grease and has also appeared in DISASTER! and F#%KING UP EVERYTHING Off-Broadway. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
The Fantasticks welcomes Kevin R. Free as Bellomy, Luisa's father. Free has performed Off Broadway in From My Hometown, Taking A Chance On Love and in The Conjure Man Dies. Free has appeared on Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and can be heard in over 100 audio books including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Known World.
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Edward Watts returns to The Fantasticks for two weeks beginning April 28. Watts previously starred as El Gallo during the 50th Anniversary year and with Aaron Carter. Watts starred in the Broadway production of Scandalous. Off-Broadway, he took on the role of Superman in It's a Bird..Plane..It's Superman at Encores!, His other stage credits include The Most Happy Fella at the NYC Opera and Transport at The Irish Rep. Tours: The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Les Miserables (Enjolras,) 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Adam Pontipee,) Beauty and the Beast (Gaston.) Regional Theatre: Roman Holiday at The Guthrie, Funny Thing... Forum (Helen Hayes nomination Best Supporting Actor) at The Shakespeare Theatre D.C., Saving Aimee and 7 Brides for 7 Brothers at The 5th Avenue, 1776 at Goodspeed Opera, Annie Get Your Gun at Sacramento Music Circus, A Little Night Music at Michigan Opera Theatre, The Music Man and Camelot at Music Theatre of Wichita, etc. TV: recurring roles on "The Sopranos", "All My Children", "Rescue Me", "The Carrie Diaries", and "As the World Turns".
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Last night, on September 15, The Fantasticks performed it's 20,000th performance in New York City. Preceding the show, Tom Jones reflected on the more than fifty years of history - after the show, the party kicked off. Steven Duskin of The Huffington Post said of the performance; "what most impressed me this time was how fresh and alive this material is... pure joy". The Associated Press described it as a "mind-boggling milestone."
Tom Jones in an excerpt from The New York Daily News, Sept 15. 2013: "I was in the original cast in 1960 and I returned to play the same role on the 50th anniversary," he says. "As I crawled out of the old theatrical trunk to make my entrance, I was suddenly struck by the realization that everything was the same. The world around us had undergone vast changes," Jones continues. "So many of my friends and fellow actors had passed away. But this tale we were telling, this parable about growing up, was still able to touch people, to make them laugh and weep, after all these years. And I was very moved by that." Read on with the link below.
Davidson returns December 3 as Bellomy, Luisa's quirky yet lovable father - this time getting to showcase his singing! Davidson originally played Matt in the 1964 Hallmark Hall of Fame television version and was with us here at The Theater Center for two short engagements this past summer as the old actor, Henry. Now get a chance to see Davidson as Bellomy! Buy tickets today!