The Fantasticks Invites Off-Broadway Audience to Dinner July 17

News   The Fantasticks Invites Off-Broadway Audience to Dinner July 17 The Fantasticks creator Tom Jones and cast members of the current Off-Broadway revival will sit down to dinner with theatregoers on July 17.

Immediately following the 8 PM performance of The Fantasticks, ticket holders will be invited to enjoy dinner and drinks with the cast of the musical as well as the musical's award-winning book writer, lyricist and director, Jones. The dinner reception will take place on the 4th floor of the Snapple Theatre Center.

"We are so thrilled to celebrate the return of The Fantasticks to the Snapple Theater Center," said Fantasticks producer Mark Johannes in a statement. "The Fantasticks is a show that speaks to all of us, so it's only fitting that our entire audience be included in this special moment."

The current Off-Broadway company features Nick Spangler and Erica Piccininni as, respectively, the Boy and the Girl and Dennis Parlato as El Gallo with Tom Flagg, Gene Jones, Jordan Nichols, Steve Routman, John Shuman and John Thomas Waite.

Janet Watson serves as choreographer for the production that has musical direction by Robert Felstein.

The musical resumed performances Off-Broadway at the Snapple Theater Center's Jerry Orbach Theater June 16. The Fantasticks began a winter hiatus Feb. 24, following 27 previews and 628 regular performances at the Orbach Theater. 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 can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com or by calling (212) 307-4100. The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.