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The Fantasticks (Stage - 2006) After 17,162 NYC performances and possibly more church-basement versions, the world's longest-running musical doesn't need reviving. But it's hard to...The Fantasticks (Stage - 2006) After 17,162 NYC performances and possibly more church-basement versions, the world's longest-running musical doesn't need reviving. But it's hard to...2006-08-25
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The Fantasticks (Stage - 2006)

Starring: Thomas Bruce, Leo Burmester, Santino Fontana, Burke Moses, Robert R. Oliver, Douglas Ullman, Jr., Martin Vidnovic; Director: Tom Jones (Writer); Author: Tom Jones (Writer), Harvey Schmidt; Opening Date: 08/24/2006; Status: In Season

After 17,162 NYC performances and possibly more church-basement versions, the world’s longest-running musical doesn’t need reviving. But it’s hard to resist The Fantasticks’ vintage charm: unamplified actors (still-spry coauthor Tom Jones plays ”Old Actor,” a part he originated in 1960); artsy-craftsy effects like confetti snow and sequined rain; a sweetly melodic score composed of standards (the tinkly waltz ”Try to Remember”) and oddities (the root-vegetable salute ”Plant a Radish”). But for $75, you’d think the Snapple Theater Center would throw in a free iced tea.

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