The Fantasticks resumed performances Off-Broadway at the Snapple Theater Center's Jerry Orbach Theater June 16. The musical began a winter hiatus Feb. 24, following 27 previews and 628 regular performances at the Orbach Theater.
The cast currently includes Lewis Cleale, Nick Spangler, Margaret Anne Florence, Tom Flagg, Gene Jones, Jordan Nichols, Michael Nostrand, Evy Ortiz, Steve Routman, John Thomas Waite and Scott Willis.
The Fantasticks features direction by creator Jones, with choreography by Janet Watson and musical direction by Robert Felstein.
The Fantasticks, according to press notes, "is a captivating and simple love story about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. The audience uses its imagination to follow El Gallo as he creates a world of moonlight and magic, and then pain and disillusionment, until the boy and girl find their way back to one other." Songs from the popular musical include "Try to Remember," "They Were You," "Much More," "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "I Can See It."
The Fantasticks is the world's longest-running musical, having played a record-breaking run of more than 17,000 performances in Greenwich Village. The Fantasticks originally opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in May 1960 and closed Jan. 13, 2002. The original company included Wedding Singer star Rita Gardner and the late Jerry Orbach. Harvey Schmidt wrote the music, and Tom Jones penned the book and lyrics. Word Baker directed the original Off-Broadway company. Tickets for the Oct. 25 2 PM performance can be purchased for $39 by using the code BMI39 when visiting Ticketmaster.com or calling (212) 307-4100. The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.