“The Fantasticks” first premiered in 1960. Apparently, it’s kind of hard for people to figure out exactly why it ran for so long (42 years) and was so popular. But I have to say, as I sat in the audience, I think I understood it. The show has a message that probably speaks to almost every human; life is beautiful, but it hurts. The first act is an act of romance and moonlight where lovers whisper and dream. The second act is one of harsh sunlight, pain, and the growth that comes because of it.