Perhaps you loyal readers may remember a logo I posted from a previous posting for the longest running musical The Fantasticks. On Friday evening I went to see the production, and it was absolutely amazing. The cast was phenomenal, and one of the major reasons I went was to see the original writer Tom Jones reviving the role of the old actor that he played in 1960. For those of you in New York, try to get to this performance before June 6, as that will be his last performance. How very rarely do we get to see legendary art performed by the original creator?
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Jones after the show, and he was a true gentleman. I had to do my best to keep from gushing during our conversation, as I was absolutely obsessed with the show when I saw it as a teenager. After seeing my first performance, I purchased the Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Fantasticks, and I have listened to it so many times that I know every note of it. However, while perusing the gift shop, I noticed they had a reinterpretation of the score by The Trotter Trio. This is an absolutely beautiful album, even if you don't know the show. Also, what a great album cover!
So, for all of you New Yorkers or for those of you who may be in New York in the next week or so, do your best to get tickets to see the longest running musical in the world!