The Fantasticks

I enjoyed another trip down The Fantasticks lane last night.  It is the perfect little musical.  I have always enjoyed this show.  I worried about long run fatigue and new actors just plugging along in a low audience backwaters.  No need to worry.  The cast last night was extraordinary, on their toes and giving 100%.  I was very impressed.

I first encountered The Fantasticks through the cast album as I started in the business.  I fell in love with the music.  The first production I saw was in a Tennessee summer stock that was doing both Carnival and The Fantasticks.  I was hired to provide the magic illusions and to teach them to the actors in Carnival.  I also provided some of the special effects for The Fantasticks.  Even though I was doing more work for Carnival I got more joy out of watching The Fantasticks.

When I moved here I made sure to see the show at the original Sullivan Street Theater before it was torn down.  I am delighted it has a home to keep performing in New York.  I hope more people come to see it (small crowd last night but it was Monday and the first presidential debate).  I love this script and music.

When I think about it, I was young enough to play the Boy when I first saw it but now only suitable for Mortimer!  How did I get so old and how did this show stay so young?

I greatly enjoyed the production last night.  Keep up the good work guys.

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