The Fantasticks given the thumbs-up
Paul Taylor of the Independent was the latest critic to comment on what he described as a "theatrical phenomenon".
Currently running at the Duchess Theatre in London, the musical has notched up numerous awards over the years.
Mr Taylor said this story of forbidden love could easily have become an overly "cutesy exercise in the faux-naive".
However, he stated that the performers managed to pull off a good balance between an "essential innocence of spirit" alongside an air of "jokey theatrical self-consciousness".
Mr Taylor was particularly complimentary about the performances of Clive Rowe and David Burt, who said they were "endearingly ridiculous" in their respective roles.
The Fantasticks first appeared on Broadway 50 years ago, which means it is now the longest running stage musical in the world.
It contains many songs that have become theatre standards, including Round and Round, I Can See It, Metaphor and Try to Remember.
By Jemma Howard