Fantasticks [1960 Original Off Broadway Cast]

The Fantasticks [1960 Original Off Broadway Cast]

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Why is The Fantasticks the longest running musical in theater history, at 16,000 performances and counting? To celebrate the off-Broadway masterpiece's fifth decade, Decca has upgraded and remastered the classic original cast album featuring "Law & Order" star Jerry Orbach in his former incarnation as song-and-dance man. The

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Why is The Fantasticks the longest running musical in theater history, at 16,000 performances and counting? To celebrate the off-Broadway masterpiece's fifth decade, Decca has upgraded and remastered the classic original cast album featuring "Law & Order" star Jerry Orbach in his former incarnation as song-and-dance man. The celebrated score for this intimate and allegorical boy-meets-girl story by lyricist Tom Jones and composer Harvey Schmidt is host to a number of timeless melodies including "Try to Remember," "They Were You," "I Can See It," and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," the last two indelibly covered by Barbra Streisand early in her career. The crisp and improved sound of this elegant reissue is a welcome opportunity to revisit an old friend, still hale and hearty, and sounding better than ever.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
On June 13, 1960, MGM Records made a recording of an off-Broadway musical by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt called The Fantasticks. At the time, the production was struggling to stay alive, and producer Lore Noto thought a cast recording might help generate more interest and some extra revenue. Since then, The Fantasticks has become a veritable Rock of Gibraltar on the theatrical landscape, having broken every longevity record for a musical production. This spring 2000 re-release of the cast recording, remastered in 24-bit digital audio, coincides with the 40th anniversary of the play's opening. It's also a deservedly first-class treatment of a sweet, clever, yet deceptively unassuming score. "Try to Remember," "Soon It's Gonna Rain," and "Much More" are the most famous songs in The Fantasticks, but there's not a number here that won't invoke smiles of pleasure, outright laughter at their lyricism and humor. Played on only five instruments, the music is hardly over-scored, but the players make the most of every note and nuance, and the beauty of the remastering, apart from its clarity, is the depth of the sound, which gives the spare forces every possible advantage. The singers -- Jerry Orbach, Kenneth Nelson, Rita Gardner, William Larsen, and Hugh Thomas -- never had a better showing than they get here, and it's possible even in the very cluttered "Rape Ballet" to fully and properly discern all of the rapid-fire Shakespearean conceits. The stereo recording has the discreet separation typical of its era, but the tapes have held up well and the richness of tone is a pleasant surprise. In music so tightly focused on the innocence and joys of youth, the rejuvenation of that sound makes this edition essential listening. The new annotation by Peter Filichia is also a welcome addition.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0731454366526
catalogNumber:
543665
Rank:
4774

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Orbach   Vocals,Track Performer
Bobby Rosengarden   Percussion
Kenneth Nelson   Track Performer
Julian Stein   Piano
Frank Martenez   Bass,Cello
Rita Gardner   Vocals
Orchestra   Track Performer
Huw Thomas   Vocals
Fantasticks Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Kenneth Nielson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ken Bloom   Reissue Consultant
Jerry Orbach   Contributor
Thom Bruce   Contributor
Val Valentin   Engineer
Kenneth Nelson   Contributor
Harvey Schmidt   Drawing,Logo Design
Julian Stein   Arranger,Musical Director
Penny Bennett   Reissue Design
Ed Wittstein   Production Design
Denis McNamara   Reissue Producer
Brian Drutman   Reissue Producer
Rita Gardner   Contributor
William Larsen   Contributor
Hugh Thomas   Contributor
Tom Jones   Book

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The Fantasticks [1960 Original Off Broadway Cast] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi my name is Daniel Osborn. I am 15 and in the Lakewood High School drama club. We didn't do this musical but I would like to do it because it is the greatest musical on earth. Featuring Law & Orders Jerry Orbach. I first saw this play two years ago at a little theatre in Newark Ohio called Weathervane. It is a nice little theatre but the catch is its in a barn. They do musicals and plays every summer. When I saw this one I just fell in love with it bought the cd and fell more in love with it. I think it will keep running untill the end of time if you haven't already seen it I think you should Tom Jomes and Harvey Schmidt done a ''Fantastick'' job! When I grow up I want to be a broadway revivalists and an High School theatre director and this will be the first show that I will ever direct on stage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After watching the movie and seeing a performance at UCO, this endearing mirror of life by Schmidt and Harvey is my absolute favorite musical. The songs are quite enchanting and catchy. I am interested in researching the other musicals these composers have created such as Colette Collage and the Show Goes On.
jamie4 More than 1 year ago
Can you believe that Jerry Orbach went from the fantastics to Law and Order... we was delightful in his role on this album