The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s
Walter Reade Theater Presents

TRY TO REMEMBER: THE FANTASTICKS
Monday, May 17 & Wednesday, May 19, 2004

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is pleased to present TRY TO REMEMBER: THE FANTASTICKS (Eli Kabillio, U.S., 2003, 57m; Betacam), a documentary made on the eve of The Fantasticks's final Off-Broadway performance, at the Walter Reade Theater on Monday May 17 at 7 & 8:30pm and Wednesday, May 19 at 1pm. Director Eli Kabillio and producer James Ruggiero will be present at both May 17th screenings.

Eight times a week, from 1960 to 2002, the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York’s Greenwich Village played midwife to a musical theater ritual that attracted theatergoers from across the globe. That show was the legendary and beloved Fantasticks, produced by Lore Noto. For 42 years and 17,162 performances, a legion of performers—including future luminaries such as F. Murray Abraham, Ricardo Montalban, Elliott Gould, Liza Minnelli, Glenn Close, Richard Chamberlain, and John Carradine—played out its sweet and timeless boy-meets-girl tale.

"The reason the show ran for so long was that it resonated with everyone," said producer Tony Noto. "It was the one show that everyone could relate to."

In this glorious documentary, filmmaker Eli Kabillio takes a wistful look back at the show's genesis, its creators and, above all, its continued worldwide popularity. The film features clips from earlier performances and interviews with creators Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, show-producerTony Noto, original cast members F. Murray Abraham and Jerry Orbach, columnist Liz Smith (who went to college in Texas with Jones and Schmidt), and closing-night New York celebrities Peter Vallone and Joe Franklin, among many others.

TRY TO REMEMBER: THE FANTASTICKS is presented by courtesy of Zeitgeist Films (www.zeitgeistfilms.com), which will be releasing the DVD in the fall.

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GENERAL INFORMATION
All screenings are $10; $7 for students; $6 for members of the Film Society and co-sponsoring organizations, and $5 for seniors for weekday matinees. The Walter Reade Theater is located at 165 W. 65th St., plaza level. Tickets are available at www.filmlinc.com; by phone by calling 212/496-3809; or at the box office, from 30 minutes before the first screening of the day until 15 minutes after the last show begins. There is a $1.25 surcharge per ticket for tickets bought online or by phone. For general information, call (212) 875-5600.

Contact: Film Society of Lincoln Center
Graham Leggat, 212/875-5416 or gleggat@filmlinc.com
Anna Lartigau, 212/875-5281 or twright@filmlinc.com

The Fantasticks
dis COMPANY / David Salidor
, 212/245-5909 or Dsalidorcompany@aol.com


© Copyright 2000 by THE FANTASTICKS COMPANY.
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THE FANTASTICKS is © Copyright 1960, 1964, 1990, 2000 by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt.
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