According to The Iliad, live theater was invented when a group of Achaeans, disguised as a large wooden horse, surprised their Trojan audience with a stirring performance of Hamlet. As today's Groupon proves, the military tactic blossomed into an art form that continues to evolve: for $38, you get one orchestra-level ticket to see The Fantasticks on Broadway, being performed in the Jerry Orbach Theater in the Snapple Theater Center (a $75 value). This Groupon can be redeemed for any upcoming show through December 23, 2010 (based on availability).
With themes of love, naiveté, and family-orchestrated confusion, The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical of all time. This Broadway classic tells the story of a young man and girl separated by a wall they believe to be built by their feuding families to keep them apart, when in reality, their parents have constructed both the wall and their fight to make the deliberately disobedient, architecturally fascinated children fall in love. The musical's score features gems "Try to Remember" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," which have been recorded by superstars such as Gladys Knight and Barbra Streisand. Now in its 50th year, the show boasts an anniversary cast of stage and screen heavyweights, including Erik Altemus (HBO's The Miraculous Year), Bill Bateman (Broadway's Gypsy), and Gene Jones (No Country for Old Men).
The Fantasticks has toured the country and beyond, performing in more than 3,000 U.S. cities and 67 countries worldwide. Throughout the years it has boasted performers such as Harrison Ford, Liza Minnelli, and venue namesake Jerry Orbach. Settle in for a musical piece of history sure to provide more entertainment than equally long-lived but less beloved newspaper archives.
- It has become the longest-running musical in the world, and for good reason. Everyone can relate to its universal themes of the fervor of young love, the pain of losing innocence, and the joy of growing up and understanding yourself. – Arrive
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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