Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

The Fantasticks (City Kids)

From 28 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Dated

About the show

Whimsical, poignant, and romantic, this classic musical tells an allegorical story that focuses on two young lovers. More…

"The Fantasticks" tells the story of the journey we all must take through adolescent thrills, the growing pains of hurt and betrayal, the highs of passion, the challenges of distance, and the agonies of heartbreak to discover how to truly love. Featuring timeless classics like “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”

1h 30m | Already closed | East Village Playhouse (East Village)

Member Reviews (28)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Dated
75
Avg Score

73
Cramped, Delightful, Romantic, Great singing, Dated

See it if The World, The Wall, and Callow Love. The three leads have excellent vocals.Try to remember the number of times you've seen this one.

Don't see it if Not politically correct, but that's the show, folks. Casio back-up. Postage-stamp-sized space, whereby the stage cuts into all of 22 seats.

Also "There are no small actors, only small parts."Volkswagen Beetle Musica... Read more Read less

92
Great writing, Great singing, Dated, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you love intimate productions, you are not resistant to sentimentality, you like age old stories,

Don't see it if you want a big Broadway amplified production, you are claustrophobic, you are cynical about romance

Also The "theater" is a tiny story front (once a video store) and there are... Read more Read less

65
Dizzying, Fluffy, Great singing, Slow, Romantic

See it if You are interested to see a musical, coming age love story, few good scores, actors who gives their all to their characters

Don't see it if You do not like extremely (unnecessarily) long shows, sitting in a very uncomfortable plastic chair, cramped, intimate theater

Also Few characters outfit and dialogue were offensive, never understood th... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you have never seen this entertaining classic

Don't see it if Your pleasure at the fine production will be marred by the awful plastic seats which are crammed next to each other

49
Slow, Fluffy, Excruciating, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You are into way, way out ridiculous fluff with some quirky characters.

Don't see it if Don’t waste your time!

83
Delightful, Dated, Confusing, Great singing

See it if You already like the show and want to see an energetic cast give it their all.

Don't see it if You are bothered by being extremely up close to the actors, you are in the mood for a relevant show.

78
Quirky, Dated, Romantic, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy classical musicals

Don't see it if you do not like small theaters

68
Freakish, Overrated, Good acting, Great voices, Ambitious

See it if good singing and acting. Fantastiks musical songs in shoestring production and tiny venue. I have particularly enjoyed voice of Mr. Oesterie

Don't see it if Performance is gravely affected by characters in freakish costumes: sagging, ripped and stained long johns of Henry and Mortimer.

70
Romantic, Refreshing, Quirky, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a cute musical that has stood the test of time in an intimate theater.

Don't see it if you'd rather spend your evening in a Broadway house with big sets and big names.

82
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if It is such an enjoyable evening to see this classic Musical. Actors are working hard and you get to sing along the famous song at the end.

Don't see it if You don’t like the intimate theatre of maybe 20 audiences, and felt like watching the Performance in private living room.

100
Great singing, Exquisite, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if if you love the show fantastiks and the music u will love this version - company nailed it

Don't see it if if you do not like very small theater audience space

69
Fluffy, Quirky, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if An intimate take on a well known play is what you are looking for. Great singing, good acting fun-filled performance.

Don't see it if Looking for a well funded production. This is very small, audience shares space with performers.

25
Clumsily staged, Offensive and tone deaf, Excruciating, Great singing

See it if you love the original musical at all costs. You like intimate staging, classics, and do not care about how art "ages." (Why tho)

Don't see it if you care about contemporary society & advancement. The script has its "issues" (racism, rape plots/songs) which the show makes worse

Also I do have to say, the actors give it their all. However... A Black mal... Read more Read less

82
Delightful, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you want to see a show that ran for a long long time in NYC. I saw it more than 40 years ago & had to see it again. Singing was great!

Don't see it if you want a full orchestra/broadway experience. Very tiny theater with folding chairs. MInimal set.

79
Delightful, Great singing, Dated, Great cast

See it if you like intimate theater experience; like seeing a cast work hard (and succeeding) in bringing joy to musical theater; love a great song

Don't see it if you're put off by simplistic, obvious plot; get hung up on messages you don't agree with (stay home - the world's bad place);

50
Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you have never seen a production of this great little musical.

Don't see it if you are seeking a transformative production.

79
Great acting, Great singing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Always a good project. Good singing and acting even if low energy during Act 1. Act 2 came to life energy wise.

Don't see it if You don't like small spaces. About 24 seats total...smaller than a cabaret room and ambitious for a musical.

80
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great writing, Resonant, Charming

See it if you like classic musicals told without any frills. The action is up close and personal, as are the performances and emotions.

Don't see it if you don't like close quarters or low-budget theatre.

Also What it lacks in polish it more than makes up for in sincerity.

90
Great writing, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Love musicals with memorable songs

Don't see it if You want a larger than life theater musical

86
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Delightful

See it if The singing was wonderful and the players were a real treat. It's a nice piece of theater that withstands its age.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals or don't like a simple, sweet story -- stay away.

52
Disappointing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you are looking for something different to do and like an intimate theater experience.

Don't see it if you are looking for a real theatre experience.

Also Theatre had about 30 seats, super hot and felt like we were on top of ... Read more Read less

99
Must see, Hilarious, Great staging, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if This Fantasticks makes you laugh, cry and sing. I was gobsmacked by this outstanding production. Great acting, singing and staging!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy small theaters or small spaces.

100
Refreshing, Masterful, Great staging, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if Saw this show 50 years ago in NYC. I loved it then, I really LOVE it NOW. This production is beautiful. KUDOS! Brilliant acting/directing.

Don't see it if Musicals with old age beliefs and out of date thoughts bother you.

Also See this version of The Fantasticks before it closes. You will love it... Read more Read less

97
Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if Old time romantic musicals make you smile ear to ear. Stellar production with brilliant singing, acting and directing. I'm coming back again

Don't see it if You hate intimate theater experiences - I love this little theater. It's the way real theater used to be performed in NYC in the 60's, 70's

98
Masterful, Hilarious, Great staging, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You like theater the way it is supposed to be: intimate, smartly acted and brilliantly staged. The cast is a true ensemble of seasoned pros

Don't see it if You are not a fan of old musicals that tells a love story that is simple but wonderfully beautiful! The theater is small--but I LOVE IT!

Also It is great to see that The Fantasticks has returned to New York City.... Read more Read less


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