Half Moon Theatre Puts its Unique Spin on the Longest Running Musical Hit
The Fantasticks at The Culinary Institute of America April 24–May 10, 2015
Diane Jackson Schnoor
Hyde Park, NY – Half Moon Theatre opens its inaugural spring season at The Culinary Institute of America with the beloved classic, The Fantasticks, the world’s longest-running musical that
has entranced generations of audiences the world over. The Fantasticks will run from April
24–May 10 (weekends only). Under the direction of Michael Schiralli,
Half Moon Theatre puts its own spin on the Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt
classic, which features a lush score and such timeless melodies as “Try To
Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “They Were
The Fantasticks is a funny and heartfelt musical about a
boy, a girl, their two fathers, and the wall that separates their two houses.
The boy and the girl fall in love, face the challenges of the harsh world, and
finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in the
narrator, El Gallo's, words, “without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” The gorgeous
setting of the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary
Institute of America is a perfect backdrop for sharing this timeless, romantic musical.
“I have loved The Fantasticks since seeing it in the early 1980s at the
intimate Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York City's Greenwich Village,” says
Director Michael Schiralli. “Its deceptively simple plot of first love and self-discovery is as poignant today
as when it opened in 1960. The Fantasticks transports its audiences to a place and
time of their own innocence. I can't wait to stage it at the glorious, much
larger, Marriott Pavilion and share it with Hudson Valley audiences—young and
The New Yorker describers The Fantasticks as “the kind of teenage love it depicts: nectar-sweet, exempt from time—and not
nearly as simple as you may remember.”
Hailed as “a gem” by The
Wall Street Journal and as the “perfect first musical for any child to see”
by amNewYork, The Fantasticks has been produced in every state in
America and more than 60 countries worldwide.
HMT Managing Director Kristy Grimes says, “Half Moon Theatre
is thrilled to be producing this gorgeous show—full of hilarious hijinks,
familiar songs, and a lovely moral that resonates with all ages. We hope that people who haven’t seen The Fantastics in many years will come back and see
our production, and parents will share this classic piece of American musical
history with their children.”
Whether it is your first time seeing The Fantasticks or your fiftieth time, we
invite you to “Try to Remember” why The Fantasticks continues to be the world's longest running—and
most beloved—musical of all time.
Friday: 4/24, 5/01,
and 5/08 at 8 p.m.
Saturday: 4/25, 5/02, and 5/09 at 8
Sunday: 4/26, 5/03, and 5/10 at 2
Make Your Dinner
The Culinary Institute of America is holding a special block of dinner
reservations at their restaurants for HMT patrons! Savor a delicious $39
pre-theatre three-course menu before The Fantasticks at the incredible American Bounty Restaurant, The Bocuse Restaurant, Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici, or Pangea
Restaurant. Not all restaurants are open prior to all performances. During
the run of the show, Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici and Pangea Restaurant are open on Friday
evenings, American Bounty Restaurant and The Bocuse Restaurant
are open on both Friday and Saturday evenings, and all restaurants are closed
on Sunday. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-905-4533 to reserve your table today.
Opening Night Dessert
Reception, Saturday, April 25:
Opening Nights are always electric. Join the cast, creative team, and crew for
a festive celebration immediately following the performance. The Culinary
Institute of America will be providing a sumptuous dessert reception, including
a signature cocktail. Don’t miss this guaranteed night of fun at Half Moon
Theatre! Reception included in ticket prices ($25–$45).
To purchase tickets to Half Moon Theatre’s The Fantasticks, call 1-800-838-3006 or order online at www.halfmoontheatre.org. Tickets are $25 for
children under 18, $35 for seniors and during matinees, and $40 for evening
Group sales tickets
for The Fantasticks are available for parties of seven or more. For groups sales or gift certificates
to Half Moon Theatre productions, please contact email@example.com.
For more information,
Managing Director—Half Moon Theatre
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Half Moon Theatre’s The Fantasticks at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. (Photo credit: Half Moon Theatre)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent,
not-for-profit college offering associate degrees in culinary arts and baking
and pastry arts and bachelor's degree majors in management, culinary science,
and applied food studies, as well as certificates in culinary arts and wine and
beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides
thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and
world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a
network of 48,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy
Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Johnny Iuzzini, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also
offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting
services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry.
The college has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.
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