“The Fantasticks” has certainly had a fantastic run, but after 57 years the Off-Broadway musical is closing.
Producers made the announcement this morning that the show’s final performance will be on June 4, 2017, after 21,552 performances. The production originally opened in 1960, telling a modern take on “Romeo and Juliet” in which the heroes fall in love — but then realize they aren’t willing to sacrifice themselves for a relationship and set off on their own adventures.
The show did close for four years, from 2002 until 2006, while the musical found a new home after the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village closed. The show also has the distinction of winning the only Tony Award ever given to an Off-Broadway production in 1992.
Replacing it at the Jerry Orbach Theater will be a new play, “The Crusade of Connor Stephens,” with previews starting June 17.