A revival of the longest-running Off Broadway musical of all time.
This warmhearted chamber piece played the Sullivan Street Playhouse for over 17,000 performances. Memorable songs like "Try to Remember" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain" frame the classic story of true love.
It's an odd show - a patchwork quilt of famous quotes and themes from Shakespeare and Americana, woven together into an easily-followed musical play about a Romeo and Juliet falling in love to the light of 19th century gaslamps on Main Street, USA. There are some mature themes, so it is best for older kids.
This is the first major revival of the show in the city, and it is the centerpiece attraction of the new Jerry Orbach Theater (the late, great Mr. Orbach was in the original cast of the Sullivan Street production, so the venue name has particular meaning) at the Snapple Theater Center in midtown. The venue is actually in the Broadway district, but this modest charmer is the quintessential Off-Broadway experience, so don't expect a Broadway show, and you won't be disappointed.
Your enjoyment of the show will depend partly on your tolerance for this type of aggressive frugality doused with sweetness. Yet even when things get a bit cloying, there are those songs to remind you why "The Fantasticks" has touched so many people over so many years.
New York Times
The truly gripping love story of "The Fantasticks" is not that of the Boy and Girl at the plot's center but of the undying affection lavished on this bauble of a musical...let me say that it is refreshing to find, on the edge of the Times Square theater district (at Broadway and 50th, to be exact), a musical that uses no artificial amplification and no special effects that exceed the complexity of a cardboard moon.