NEW YORK — The composer of “The Fantasticks,” the longest running musical in history, has died. Harvey Schmidt was 88.
His death on Wednesday was confirmed by Dan Demello, a publicist for the Off-Broadway show.
Schmidt teamed up with lyricist, director and storywriter Tom Jones on “The Fantasticks” as well as the Broadway shows “110 in the Shade” and “I Do! I Do!” Both men were inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1998.
“The Fantasticks” opened Off-Broadway im 1960 and remains one the most frequently produced musicals in the world, according to fantasticksonbroadway.com.