The Fantasticks sets closing date on 55th Anniversary

Producers of off-Broadway's long-running musical The Fantasticks have announced a closing date of 3 May 2015 at The Jerry Orbach Theater in the Snapple Theater Center. This date also marks the 55th Anniversary of the show's opening in 1960.

Upon closing, The Fantasticks will have played a grand total of 20,672 performances in New York: 17,162 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse and 3,510 performances at its current home in the Snapple Theater Center.

The Fantasticks is a modern twist on Romeo and Juliet featuring music by Harvey Schmidt, book, lyrics, and direction by Tom Jones. It follows a boy and girl who are tricked by their parents to fall in love and then quickly grow apart when they realize they want to experience the world. The score features standards such as 'Try to Remember,' 'They Were You,' and 'Soon It's Gonna Rain.'

The cast currently includes Edward Watts (The Narrator - El Gallo), Daniel Berryman (The Boy - Matt), Samantha Bruce (The Girl - Luisa), Donald Corren (The Boy's Father - Hucklebee), Joe Dellger (The Girl's Father - Bellomy), MacIntyre Dixon (The Old Actor - Henry), Michael Nostrand (The Man Who Dies - Mortimer), Drew Siegla (The Mute), with Dave Schoonover, Rita Markova, and Tom Flagg.

- by Tom Millward