The Fantasticks to Play New Snapple Theater Center

News   The Fantasticks to Play New Snapple Theater Center The longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, is headed back to New York. The Harvey Schmidt-Tom Jones musical will begin performances at the new Snapple Theater Center this summer.

Previews of the classic musical will begin July 28 with an official opening scheduled for Aug. 17. Co-creator Jones will direct the new production, which is being produced by Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel and Thomas Viertel. No casting has been announced.

The Fantasticks, according to press notes, "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 coming-of-age fable is the world's longest-running musical, and 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 will play 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 3:30 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.