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The Fantasticks

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Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Romantic

About the show

A revival of the longest-running Off Broadway musical of all time. Memorable songs including "Try to Remember" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain" frame the classic story of true love. More…

'The Fantasticks' is a romantic musical comedy about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. The narrator, El Gallo, 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."

Member Reviews (611)


Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Romantic
Avg Score

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Dated, Must see

See it if You want to see the longest running show in off Broadway history and there's a reason for's delightful.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of a simple story told simply. Not a lot of bells and whistles but plenty of beautiful music.

Entertaining, Funny, Profound

See it if you like a lite show that is just fun to watch. Boy meets, girl, loses girl, gets girl back. the story is enough to keep you interested thro

Don't see it if you don't like camp, a curtsy romance story that is not deep but pleasant.

Enchanting, Quirky, Charming

See it if you are curious why it's been on for 57 years. It was quirky and kind of charming. Surprisingly good and funny players.

Don't see it if You just dont care. It's never been on your radar nor ever will be.

Dated, Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Treacly

See it if you've never seen it before. It's a classic title that is decent family fare. (You should be able to find deep discounts for this show.)

Don't see it if you have fond memories of the original Off-Bway run. This is a pretty low-budget production in an awkward space, albeit admirably performed.

Funny, Enchanting, Indulgent, Clever, Original

See it if You're curious about this record-breaking show to see what the draw is all about & how it holds up after 50 years. Get an off-Broadway feel

Don't see it if You want a big Broadway style musical, 2 pianos don't do it for you, little fables are not your thing, joy winning over cynicism isn't you

Quirky, Romantic, Enchanting, Dated, Fluffy

See it if you like minimalistic, romantic stories.

Don't see it if you don't want to spend your money on something that feels like a high school play.

Clever, Enchanting, Disappointing, Cliched, Original

See it if You've never seen the show -- everyone should see it at least once.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit in a shoebox-sized theatre with about 10 other people. And you don't like cutesy musicals.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You haven't seen it yet, it celebrated it's 57th birthday on May 3 and it is closing this June 4th. A classic!

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or you didn't like it the first time you saw it!

Great singing, Delightful, Funny

See it if you enjoy silly funny love stories with good singing and you don't mind less fancy sorroundings and simple staging.

Don't see it if you dislike when actors break the fourth wall or you need upscale locations.

Charming, Old-fashioned, Family-friendly, Sweet, No frills

See it if you'd enjoy a simple old-school boy-meets-girl story with a dash of mocking humor.

Don't see it if you need spectacle staging/effects. This is more like attending a cute show at your local community college - intimate and engaging.

Delightful, Dated, Enchanting, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you want to see a classic; wonderful cast and a truly sweet and entertaining musical; good for families

Don't see it if you want a big production - this is minimalistic but lovely; proof you don't need an expensive set to entertain

Also It took the announcement of closing to get me there and I'm so glad I ... Read more Read less

Humorous, Classic/somewhat dated, Cutesy, Delightful, Clever

See it if wanting a charming love-story without much surprise but that is designed to entertain in the purest way. It's a semi-rustic but fun staging.

Don't see it if you dislike: "cutesy," whimsical, and somewhat juvenile musicals that feel wholesome and comical in a benign way; broken fourth walls; camp.

Also Tom Jones' modernized take on Romeo & Juliet-esque romances is not fus... Read more Read less

Romantic, Fluffy, Dated, Slow, Relevant

See it if you care about musical theater at all. This show is part of our history, plain & simple. DO NOT let it close again without experiencing it.

Don't see it if you don't care about THEATER, period. Yes, it's sappy & VERY dated romantic fluff. But the music's timeless. You will regret not seeing it.

Cliched, Delightful, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if I only saw it recently. It has such a big reputation, I expected a lot. Was disappointed. Great song-"Try to Remember," still powerful.

Don't see it if I did not love it, found it less than I expected.

Dated, Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a classic musical. It's been around for 57 years after all! This is a 1950s style score and the singing fits. Very sweet.

Don't see it if It's dated - the script has not been updated and a few of the jokes are uncomfortable. No power ballad singing like Idina Menzel

Dated, Cliched, Overrated, Insipid

See it if you want a straightforward show that you can anticipate at every turn.

Don't see it if you're looking for something new.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Original

See it if You want to see a show that will delight you & make you remember the simpler life. Great for kids. For "Try to Remember" the song.

Don't see it if Expect costumes, acrobats, big names and all the Broadway hoopla.

Delightful, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if a classic & you enjoy small intimate musical theatre

Don't see it if you are looking for an old school musical with huge dance numbers

Dated, Disappointing, Romantic, Clever, Fluffy

See it if you have never seen this show. It truly is a classic and the music is just lovely.

Don't see it if you have seen it before and expect it to be as good as you remember. This production seems campier and more forced than in the past.

Enchanting, Original, Romantic, Delightful

See it if you're a fan of old fashioned romantic musicals and love the music.

Don't see it if all you care to see is edgy, rock musicals.

Disappointing, Romantic

See it if You never have. The score is still as beautiful as it was in 1960.

Don't see it if it bothers you that the boy has never learned to sing unmiked he has the best numbers, big disappointment El Gallo & the girl sing well

Enchanting, Entertaining, Classic, Romantic, Simplistic

See it if less more creative storytelling. This classic music never tries to be more than it is and relies on it's charm and lovely score.

Don't see it if romance and simple staging isn't for you.

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Insipid

See it if You like a dated romantic show. I found it highly overrated. Some very good songs.

Don't see it if Highly highly overrated.

Romantic, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Cute

See it if You like classic musicals and a small, intimate theater setting.

Don't see it if You need large sets, high production values, flashy intricate staging.

Delightful, Dated, Romantic

See it if you like basic, simple storytelling without any of the bells or whistles. An old-fashioned simple tale with a great score and a lot of heart

Don't see it if you want a lot of depth to the story or characters, or want large production values, or want something modern and trendy

August 24th, 2006
"I tried to summon my stage-struck, preadolescent self as I watched the current “Fantasticks,” but he must have been otherwise engaged. What at 9 seemed oh so scenic inevitably brought out the cynic in this professional critic. I was more given to flinching than misting up as the Boy and the Gir...
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August 25th, 2006
"The world’s longest-running musical doesn’t need reviving. But it’s hard to resist The Fantasticks’ vintage charm: unamplified actors; artsy-craftsy effects like confetti snow and sequined rain; a sweetly melodic score composed of standards and oddities"
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August 23rd, 2006
"While another 42-year run is not in the cards, the new “Fantasticks,” with its charms and entertainment value intact, delivers very nicely. And the audience still visibly swells at the sound of “Try to Remember.”"
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September 1st, 2006
"A lovely revival of a show that has lost none of its guileless freshness after half a century of hard use. 'The Fantasticks' is blessed with an equally excellent score: the ballads are tender and yearning; the comic songs droll; and all are singable from intro to coda. It's a gem."
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