Opens Saturday, May 12, 2018!

Landmark Musical Theatre in association with The Shelton Theaters proudly presents the longest running musical in history, The Fantasticks, at the mainstage Shelton Theater in San Francisco, opening May 12 and playing through June 23, 2018.

This sweetly innocent yet "worldly-wise" musical romance based on Edmund Rostand's Les Romanesques, a gentle parody of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, first opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in 1960 with Jerry Orbach (Chicago, 42nd Street and Law and Order) in the lead role of El Gallo, and stood the test of time, running 42 years in its first off-Broadway run, followed by another long off-Broadway run from 2006 through 2017.

It also appeared on network television in 1964 on the Hallmark Hall of Fame, starring Ricardo Montelbahn as El Gallo, Susan Watson as Luisa (The Girl) and John Davidson (yes, that John Davidson!) as Matt (The Boy). (Watson had appeared in the very first workshop production of The Fantasticks at Barnard College but had to forego the off-Broadway production because she was originating the role of Kim in Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway).

The show has one of the most beautiful scores written for the stage, coupling just a single piano with the lush overlay of a concert harp, and includes such well-known songs as "Try To Remember" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain".

The New York Times called The Fantasticks the most produced musical in the world, with over 11,000 productions in 3,000 cities and towns across all of the United States and in 67 countries. Landmark Musical Theatre and The Shelton Theaters are proud to bring this wonderful show back to San Francisco after many years, in a production intended to evoke the original as it was produced at the Sullivan Street Playhouse more than half a century ago.

Auditions will be held on February 24-25 at the Shelton Theater. If you are interested in auditioning, please see our auditions page. Further information regarding tickets for the show will be available on February 10. Please check back here on that date.