Nearly Fifty Years Later, John Davidson Returns to The Fantasticks Off-Broadway

By Adam Hetrick
June 1, 2012

Veteran stage and screen actor John Davidson, who appeared as the Boy in the 1964 television presentation of The Fantasticks, recalls the limelight of yesteryear as Henry, The Old Actor, in the long-running Off-Broadway production of the musical beginning June 1 at the Snapple Theatre Center.



Davidson (State Fair, Oklahoma!, "The Happiest Millionaire," "Hollywood Squares") will appear for a limited, 19-performance run through June 16 at the Snapple Theatre Center.

Visit Davidson's page on the Playbill Vault.

The cast also includes pop singer Aaron Carter, Jeremiah James (Carousel), Bill Bateman (Gypsy, Hello, Dolly!), Tom Flagg (Will Rogers Follies, Oklahoma!), Heidi Giberson (Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music), Matt Leisy (The History Boys), Michael Nostrand (Jelly’s Last Jam), Dan Sharkey (The Music Man, Show Boat), Juliette Trafton (Phantom of the Opera) and Charles West (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Show Boat).

The Fantasticks is the world's longest-running musical, having played a record-breaking run of more than 17,000 performances in Greenwich Village. Harvey Schmidt wrote the music, and Jones penned the book and lyrics.

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.

Book writer and lyricist Tom Jones staged the revival of The Fantasticks, which has choreography by Janet Watson. Terzetto LLC, Pat Flicker Addiss and MARS Theatricals (Amy Danis and Mark Johannes) produce.

The Fantasticks resumed performances Off-Broadway at the Snapple Theater Center's Jerry Orbach Theater June 16, 2008.

Premium tickets are also available. For tickets phone (212) 921-7862 or visit Ticketmaster.