"The Fantasticks"

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In a Nutshell

The world’s longest-running musical tells a story of young love, feuding families, and a mysterious man

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Promotional value expires Nov 11, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Limit 8 per person. Reservation required. Redeem starting 5/7 for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at The Theater Center - Jerry Orbach Theater . Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects The Theater Center's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Not available Sept 5-25, Nov 23-29, and Dec 25-Jan 3. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $37 for one ticket to see The Fantasticks (up to $83.50 value)
  • When: any performance through November 11, 2016
  • Where: The Theater Center – Jerry Orbach Theater
  • Seating: best-available orchestra
  • Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
  • Full offer value includes ticketing fees
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The Fantasticks

It’s the world’s longest-running musical, and the plot seems appropriately timeless: though conflict keeps two neighbors feuding, their children Matt and Luisa have fallen deeply in love. It takes a new turn with the opening number, “Try to Remember,” an ode to tenderness lost sung by the mysterious character El Gallo. The men have hired the wily liar to kidnap Luisa, thus setting up Matt to be the hero by rescuing her. And the fathers’ feud was a ruse as well, dreamt up to get their offspring to begin a seemingly forbidden romance. But their well-intended scheme adds up to a heartbreaking, yet gently comic, tale that explores themes of love, loss, and growing up, described by some as a Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending.

The first New York production ran for what one might call a while—17,162 performances to be exact. It closed in 2002, only to return four years later, this time in The Theater Center’s Jerry Orbach Theater. It’s a fitting choice, as the late actor was the first to step into El Gallo’s shoes, a role that would set the stage for a storied career. The revival, directed by author and lyricist Tom Jones, has garnered many hurrahs, including some from Ben Brantley of the New York Times, who hurrahed that the production “ . . . is a perfectly pitched, disarmingly sincere performance that captures why The Fantasticks became the enduring favorite it did” and “ . . . The Fantasticks is the last word in theatrical sophistication.”

The Theater Center

Although The Theater Center is one of the more frequented hotspots in the Off-Broadway scene, it's surprisingly intimate. As the home of the world's longest running musical (The Fantasticks) and New York's longest running play (Perfect Crime), most visitors would expect a coliseum experience that requires extra-strength opera glasses. But thanks to The Theater Center's two 200-seat auditoriums, audiences get to savor some of the theater world's biggest treats without squinting.

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