- $37 for one ticket to see The Fantasticks (up to $83.25 value)
- When: through November 23; performances occur Friday–Wednesday, with two performances on Saturdays and Sundays
- Where: Snapple Theater Center
- Seating: best-available orchestra
- Doortime: 30 minutes prior to showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
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- Click here to view the schedule
It’s the world’s longest-running musical, and the plot seems appropriately timeless: though a deep-seated hatred keeps two neighbors feuding, their children Matt and Luisa have fallen deeply in love. But predictability goes out the window from the opening number, “Try to Remember,” an ode to tenderness lost sung by the mysterious rapscallion 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 machinations—along with the less scrupulous motives of El Gallo—add up to a heartbreaking, yet gently comic, tale that explores themes of love, loss, and growing up.
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 Snapple 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.
The Theater Center
210 W 50th St.
New York, NY 10019