Exclusive: A Trove of Rarely-Seen Photos of The Fantasticks

News   Exclusive: A Trove of Rarely-Seen Photos of The Fantasticks
 
The long-running Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks narrowly averted closing May 3 when a pair of deep-pocketed fans stepped in to help producers with a sum that they said will keep the show running for the foreseeable future.

As a celebration of the show's rebirth, producer Catherine Russell released to Playbill.com a treasury of rarely-seen photos from throughout the show's original run (1960-2002) at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village, and its current revival (2006-present) at the Jerry Orbach Theatre near Times Square.

For more information or to order tickets to The Fantasticks, visit Fantasticksonbroadway.com.

 

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Alice Cannon as The Girl, in a photo dated 1963.

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Seated on stage: Alice Cannon and Ty McConnel. Seated on bench (L-R): Charlie Blackburn and John High. Standing (L-R): James Cook and John Cunningham, in a 1963 photo by Sam Seigel.

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The first ad for The Fantasticks, listing the original cast. Top price during previews is listed as $3.90. Top price after the opening — skyrocketed to $4.90 ("tax included").

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Photo of a 1990 U.S. tour that starred Robert Goulet (front) as El Gallo. Also in the cast (L-R) Gerry Vichi (currently on Broadway as Shylock in Something Rotten!), Neil Nash, Glory Crampton and Ralston Hill.

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Composer Harvey Schmidt (top) and lyricist-librettist Tom Jones, circa late 1970s.

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(L-R): Jerry Orbach, Rita Gardner and an unidentified man, possibly Kenneth Nelson, reunite for TV host Mike Douglas in the mid 1960s.

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Lyricist Tom Jones (a.k.a. Thomas Bruce) working with original El Gallo Jerry Orbach in a photo (signed in 1966 but taken in late 1959 or early 1960) from Orbach's personal collection.

See more exclusive pics here!

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