Anonymous donors allow ‘The Fantasticks’ to continue off-Broadway run

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NEW YORK (AP) — The off-Broadway phenomenon “The Fantasticks” won’t be closing next month after all — thanks to a pair of fantastic fans.

Producer Catherine Russell said on April 25 that two donors have stepped up and pledged to keep the stalwart, low-tech show open. Plans had been revealed for the show to close on May 3, the 55th anniversary of the show’s opening in 1960. The donors prefer to remain anonymous.

The tale, a mock version of “Romeo and Juliet,” concerns a young girl and boy, secretly brought together by their fathers and an assortment of odd characters, including a rakish narrator, an old actor, an Indian named Mortimer and a mute.

“The Fantasticks” will continue its run at the Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theater Center.