New Fantasticks Recording Now Available from Ghostlight

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The cast recording of the new production of The Fantasticks — currently playing the Snapple Theater Center — is now available on the Ghostlight Records label.

The CD, which was recorded Aug. 22, features 27 tracks, including such classic tunes as "Try to Remember," "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "I Can See It." The disc also boasts a bonus track of "O Have You Ever Been to China," performed by composer Harvey Schmidt. That song, according to press notes, was written to "musicalize the section in which El Gallo tries luring Luisa to travel with him to see the world." "Round and Round" ended up becoming part of the score instead.

Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' classic coming-of-age musical currently features Douglas Ullman, Jr. as Matt, Thomas Bruce as Henry, Leo Burmester as Hucklebee, Sara Jean Ford as Luisa, Burke Moses as El Gallo, Robert R. Oliver as Mortimer, Nick Spangler as the Mute and Martin Vidnovic as Bellomy.

The Fantasticks, according to the producers, "tells the story of a young boy and girl who fall madly in love at the hands of their meddling fathers, but soon grow restless and stray from one another. Will their separation provide a deeper appreciation for the love they once shared or create a permanent gulf between them?" Song titles include "Try to Remember," "Much More" 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.

The Fantasticks plays Mondays at 8:30 PM, Wednesdays at 2:30 PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:30 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 and 8:30 PM and Sundays at 3:15 and 7:30 PM. Tickets, priced at $75, are available by calling (212) 307-4100. The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.

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