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Let us "Try to Remember" Harvey Schmidt (1929-2018)

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The original production of The Fantasticks in 1960 starred Jerry Orbach, Rita Gardner, and Kenneth Nelson. It was a piece of perfection in its simplicity, and the soundtrack on record, tape, CD has sold millions of copies. There was a terrible NBC production in 1964 and and an even worse film in 1995 that could not capture the simple perfection of this piece of gossamer. And to think Harvey Schmidt could not read or write music!

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I remember being shocked when the off-Broadway production of "The Fantasticks" ended its run in 2015 after 51 years. It closed at a theater named for Orbach.

‘The Fantasticks’ to end off-Broadway run after 51 years

Tom Jones and Schmidt

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