The 3 and 7:15 PM performances of the record-breaking musical will celebrate "Grandparents Day" with children admitted free with each paying grandparent. Each performance will be followed by a private meet-and-greet with the cast for the families in the audience.
The current Off-Broadway company features Nick Spangler as the Boy and Margaret Anne Florence as the Girl, as well as Lewis Cleale as El Gallo, with Tom Flagg, Gene Jones, Michael Nostrand, Jordan Nichols, Evy Ortiz, Richard Roland, Steve Routman and John Thomas Waite.
Janet Watson serves as choreographer for the production with 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 for the special Grandparents Day performance can be purchased by calling (212) 921-7862 or by visiting the Snapple Theater Center, located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.