Two teenagers on neighboring farms steal glances and hide their romance from their feuding fathers. Little do these love-birds know, however, that their fathers are actually good friends who've hatched a plan - with the help of a mystical roving side-show and its equally mysterious ring master - to get these two lovers down the aisle! But be careful what you wish for. Because to bring these families together... they must first be torn apart! Written by
The original off-Broadway production of "The Fantasticks" opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse on May 3, 1960, ran for ONLY 17,162 performances closing on Janary 13, 2002. The original cast included Jerry Orbach. A new production opened at the Snapple Theater Center/Jerry Orbach Theater on August 16, 2006 and is still running (June 2010). See more »
This is a film that could have had a lot going for it. I liked the set, which was a clever solution of how to film a play with such a minimalist set.
But how could they destroy the material like this? This is one of those handful of musicals ("Oklahoma!", "Fiddler on the Roof," "Guys and Dolls" are some others) where everyone knows the opening song. "Try to Remember" is totally eliminated at the beginning, and at the end, El Gallo sings only two of the three verses. "Plant a Radish," one of the show's highlights, is totally gone (except on the DVD as an "extra"). Some of my favorite moments on the CD are Jerry Orbach's poetic narrations, especially "You wonder how these things begin." Here, only one of the three--or rather half of one--is preserved.
There should be a rule somewhere that if you don't like the original you shouldn't get to film it.
Would it be too much to ask if
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