The Fantasticks opened May 3, 1960, at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village, and ran until January 13, 2002, a run of 17,162 performances—the longest continuous run of any show in American history, and the longest continuous run of any musical in the world. A 2006 revival ran for 4,390 performances at the Jerry Orbach Theatre in midtown Manhattan.
Harvey Schmidt, who earned his shining spot in theatre history as composer of the show, died February 28 at age 88. Click here to read the full obituary.
Flip through through the rarely seen photos, shared by producer Catherine Russell, below: