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.