I was recently in NYC on business and got to see the current production of “The Fantasticks” in the Jerry Orbach Theater at the Snapple Theater Center.  It was a good show!

Our performance starred heart-throbs from two generations  – John Davidson (as Bellomy) and Aaron Carter (as Matt).  Along with the celebrities, the cast I saw was filled with good actors and singers who delivered extremely entertaining performances.  If anyone knows the history of this show, it’s original off-broadway production ran for 42 years and over 17,000 performances.  That makes it the world’s longest-running musical!

The venue at the Snapple Theater Center is small by Broadway standards and lends the whole affair a very intimate feel – which is used to good effect in this show during both tender and funny moments.  Set, props and costumes are minimalist and prove what can be done when an audience willingly goes with a cast into that “other world” of the play.  And our audience did – hook, line and sinker.  Such fun!

We had a couple of understudies on at our show – Richard Roland as Hucklebee and Tom Flagg as Henry.  They were real pros.  Wouldn’t have known they were understudies if it hadn’t been for the playbill insert.  In fact, Tom Flagg was so hilarious as Henry, The Old Actor that I had to double check the playbill at intermission.  In addition to those already mentioned, the cast was completed by George Dvorsky as El Gallo, Michael Nostrand as Mortimer, Addi McDaniel as Luisa, and Daniel Rowan as The Mute.  I should also mention the orchestra … all two of them!!  Robert Felstein – music direction and piano – and Jacqueline Kerrod – harp.  Once again doing a lot with a little.

I’m not a critic, I’m a performer.  Thus, I’m not going to get into the weeds here.  It was a very enjoyable show.  The cast, crew and musicians did right by everyone.  And a whole bunch of folks had a great time at the theater.  What more is there to say?

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