A record-breaking off-Broadway show that has been running since the Eisenhower administration will close this spring. The AP reports that “The Fantasticks” will close June 4, having put on a total of 21,552 performances in New York City.
The musical features songs including “Try To Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”
“For nearly 42 years the show chugged along at the 153-seat Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village, finally closing in 2002 after 17,162 performances — a victim both of a destroyed downtown after 9/11 and a new edgy mood,” the AP reports. “It opened four years later at The Theater Center, an off-Broadway complex in the heart of Times Square, where it will end after a run of 4,390 shows.”
The show became the world’s longest-running musical some time ago. By comparison, Broadway’s longest-running show, “The Phantom of the Opera,” is at about 12,000 shows. “The only rival to ‘The Fantasticks’ is ‘The Mousetrap’ in London, which is the longest-running show in the world, having passed 26,000 performances,” the AP notes.