Happy Hour #72: The Podcasticks – ‘The Fantasticks’

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With September just around the corner, it seems like the best time to tackle Schmidt and Jones’ ‘The Fantasticks.’ Currently the longest running musical in the world with a staggering 17,000+ performances, ‘The Fantasticks’ has been a bit of an enigma in the musical theatre world in more ways than one. The boys try and pull apart why it lasted so long, discuss the problems that come with musicals running for a long time, and share some personal stories when reflecting on the themes of youth and love in the show.

The Fantasticks (New Off-Broadway Recording)

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A Fierce Quiz Question

The Tony winning star from this musical caused Jeff Bowen to say the word fierce for the first AND second time. What show?