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The Fantasticks

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Romantic
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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. ... Read 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."

 
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Reviews (505)

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86
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65
The New York Times

"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 Girl loved, lost and rediscovered each other." Full Review

85
Variety

"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.”" Full Review

100
Talkin' Broadway

"There is one, and only one, problem with the uncorkably joyful production of The Fantasticks: It's now going to be much harder to criticize revivals for opening too soon after their original productions close. While it remains to be seen whether attitudes and economics will allow this production a marathon run of its own, I, for one, wouldn't complain if it lasted another 42 years." Full Review

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Theatermania

"The eight-actor musical that Jones and Schmidt wrote when they were still practically schoolboys is as fresh and charming as it always has been, and looks as if it should remain so for the next millennium or two...Try to remember how much you loved The Fantasticks the first time? Not necessary. It's all here again, right before your astonished eyes. That goes for first-timers too!" Full Review

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The Wall Street Journal

"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." Full Review

80
New York Daily News

"If you've seen the show - either on Sullivan St. or elsewhere - you can live with your memories. But if you or your kids have never experienced it, this pleasant production makes for a fine first time." Full Review

75
The Associated Press

"A reverential blandness has crept into the proceedings of this classic loss-of-innocence tale...Schmidt's melodies remain as heartfelt as ever. The songs are reminders of what makes this little musical so hypnotic and Jones' lyrics are equally accomplished. Yet when the singing stops, the show's fragility becomes apparent." Full Review

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Entertainment Weekly

"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" Full Review

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Village Voice

"The Fantasticks was so neatly and lovingly made—try to remember that everything non-electronic was better-made back then—that it still has plenty of charm and plenty of wisdom to impart for those who aspire to be young, for a few pleasant hours, in the more misty-eyed style of that earlier time." Full Review

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Indie Theater Now

"In a world where it’s increasingly difficult to find anything to believe in, The Fantasticks reminds us that its sunny outlook is exactly what we all need. Featuring a beautiful, melodic score...this is theatre history come vibrantly back to life with an enduring, positive message that, judging by the turnout at the performance I saw, still resonates with many today." Full Review

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78
Avg Score

75
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.

75
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, A classic

See it if you want to see why it's been playing for so long.

Don't see it if you don't like quirky

68
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Dated

See it if You want to see a slow, outdated show

Don't see it if You want to see a new,interesting story

65
Quirky, Cliched, Dated, Classic

See it if you're looking for a simple/classic theatre experience.

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

96
Funny, Delightful, Must see

See it if You want an intimate experience seeing one a classic musical. You enjoy broad comedy combined with light romance.

Don't see it if You want extravagant sets.

Also I hadn't seen this show in about 30 years and it was even better than ... Read more Read less

70
Enchanting, Romantic, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if If you like classics with beautiful melodies and happy love stories.

Don't see it if If you want something a little deeper and don't like stereotypical shows.

81
Delightful, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if I liked it

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

78
Delightful, Romantic, Dated

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

70
Delightful, Dated, 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.

71
Funny, Delightful, Great singing

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.

76
Original, Romantic, Overrated, Slow, Dated

See it if you want to say you've seen the NYC stage classic

Don't see it if you're wanting something in a grand theater, as opposed to a black box

89
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want to see a show both children and adults will enjoy.

Don't see it if You're expecting an elaborate set.

77
Original, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

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" ..love the song.

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

75
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see a classic NYC show, or a lighthearted show for the day

Don't see it if You don't like classic Broadway music

76
Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Dated, Entertaining

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

72
Overrated, Dated, Entertaining, Fun, Classic

See it if you haven't seen it before--it's definitely on the bucket list; but it's not a great show. It's fun, and has some excellent music

Don't see it if you've already seen it, want something on a large scale

75
Cliched, Dated, Entertaining, Sweet, Old fashioned

See it if you haven't seen it before, and you are a musical theatre maven, since this is a classic.

Don't see it if you are allergic to very sweet or simple tales, for this is certainly one.

81
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Entertaining, Classic

See it if you want to see a classic show that doesn't need any "pyrotechnics" to present a beautiful love story.

Don't see it if you want flash & panache & over-the-topness. Or you want to see HAMILTON.

87
Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you want to understand why it's been running off Broadway for so many years, especially if you've never seen any production of it before.

Don't see it if you've seen it before. It's a fun, simple show and it's a great actor piece, but it's inherently flawed. Even when Aaron Carter is in it.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You are a child at heart and love Romance and music.

Don't see it if You aren't open to a sweet, sentimental love story.

88
Funny, Great acting, Romantic

See it if you want to see a fun entertaining show with good music.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with elaborate sets and big casts.

61
Clever, Quirky, Romantic, Insipid

See it if you like an intimate, pared-down theater experience that doesn't sacrifice fun for frivolity

Don't see it if you want to see an epic capital-S Show

90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you haven't seen it. If you've seen it. This one never gets old. It never fails to enchant, and you'll remember why you loved it!

Don't see it if you don't want to use your imagination. When I was young I thought that meant the sets; now I understand the parents. Imagine that!

55
Romantic, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a cute, entertaining, small-scale musical

Don't see it if you are expecting something along the lines of Aladdin or Wicked

73
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you might enjoy its off-beat humor and a fun twist on forbidden love

Don't see it if you're a fan of more traditional narratives -- this play takes a turn for the weird in the second act