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Try to Remember: The Fantasticks (2003)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 14 May 2003 (USA)
On the eve of the final Off-Broadway performance of the long-running musical "The Fantasticks," filmmaker Eli Kabillio takes a wistful look back at the show's genesis with composer Harvey ... See full summary »

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Eli Kabillio
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Cast

Credited cast:
F. Murray Abraham ... Himself
Jim Cook Jim Cook ... Himself
David Edwards David Edwards ... Himself
Jeremy Ellison-Gladstone Jeremy Ellison-Gladstone ... Himself
Ira Joe Fisher Ira Joe Fisher ... Himself
Rita Gardner Rita Gardner ... Herself
Natasha Harper Natasha Harper ... Herself
Tom Jones Tom Jones ... Himself
Lore Noto Lore Noto ... Himself
Jerry Orbach ... Himself
Harvey Schmidt Harvey Schmidt ... Himself
William Tost William Tost ... Himself
Bill Weeden ... Himself
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On the eve of the final Off-Broadway performance of the long-running musical "The Fantasticks," filmmaker Eli Kabillio takes a wistful look back at the show's genesis with composer Harvey Schmidt, author Tom Jones and original cast member Jerry Orbach.

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17,162 Performances, 42 Years, One Show, The Fantasticks!

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Documentary

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Not Rated
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Official Sites:

Zeitgeist Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 2003 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Mad Dog Films Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Without a hurt, the heart is hollow!
6 December 2006 | by standardmetalSee all my reviews

I saw the original show, probably, in the 1960s at the Sullivan Street Theater but am not sure which cast I saw. It was a perfectly nice little show in a tiny theater with a small cast which, no doubt, explains it's astonishing longevity. It would certainly have gotten lost on a large Broadway stage.

Based on Rostand's play "The Romantics", the story seems simplicity itself. Two fathers fake a feud in order to make the boy and girl fall in love which they do. Going along with the words of the overworked (on this DVD) title song, the second act illustrates the sentence "without a hurt the heart is hollow".

The DVD is approximately an hour but seems longer as it tends to go over the same material many times. I am surprised, for example, that the first Matt is barely mentioned except by Rita Gardner his costar. This was Kenneth Nelson, a later victim of the AIDS epidemic. He also played both in the stage and movie versions of "Boys in the Band".

Is this simple homophobia? Richard Chamberlain is certainly mentioned but he may not have come out officially before the release of this DVD. In any case, Mr. Nelson is rather conspicuous by his absence.

One is mostly left with the creators Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt and their umpteen renditions of "Try to Remember". (I don't think anyone ever did the song better than Jerry Orbach!) There are many comments by other staff and cast members which are often quite informative but I don't think they quite overcome the disk's inadequacies.


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