The Fantasticks, by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt, is the world’s longest running musical – running for over 52 years in Manhattan and entrancing generations of audiences the world over.
The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. The narrator, El Gallo, originally played by Jerry Orbach, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that “without a hurt, the heart is hollow”.
Subway: 1, 2, A, C, E to 50th Street. N, Q, R to 49th Street.
About this organization
The Snapple Theater Center is made up of two theater spaces that present two long-running Off-Broadway shows. New York City's long-running play (since 1987), Perfect Crime, plays in the fourth floor theater, and the world's longest running musical, The Fantasticks plays in the third floor theater.