The Fantasticks at The Circle Theatre

Circle Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Season continues with The Fantasticks,  a Tony Award-winning musical by renowned lyricist Tom Jones and composer Harvey Schmidt. The show originally ran off-Broadway from May 3,1960 until January 13, 2002, making it the longest running musical in history. It was awarded the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 1992. The Fantasticks revival opened at the off-Broadway Snapple Theater Center in 2006.

Circle Theatre’s preview performances are Thursday, September 22; Friday, September 23; and Saturday, September 24 (matinee). The production officially opens Saturday evening, September 24, at 8:00pm, followed by a post-show party sponsored by Oliver’s Fine Foods.

Under the direction of Harry Parker, The Fantasticks features David Coffee* (Henry), Anthony Fortino** (Matt), Alison Hodgson** (Luisa), Doug Jackson* (Bellomy), Brian Mathis* (Hucklebee), Justin Bryant Rapp** (El Gallo), Sophie Smith** (The Mute), and Shane Strawbridge** (Mortimer). Alan Shorter will serve as Music Director for the production, and Jennifer Engler is the choreographer. The accompaniment will feature Alan Shorter on keyboard and Becky Scherschell on harp. The production features three current TCU students in the cast (Anthony Fortino, Alison Hodgson and Sophie Smith), as well as the work of four TCU Theatre faculty members on the artistic team (Harry Parker, Alan Shorter, Jennifer Engler and Brian Clinnin), in conjunction with Circle Theatre’s designers, cast, and crew members for the show.

Rose Pearson, Circle Theatre’s Executive Director says, “It is a pleasure to reconnect with Theatre TCU to co-present our upcoming production of The Fantasticks. In the past we worked together on Bus Stop and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Each experience as co- producers proved that combining our resources leads to both successful theatre productions and an inspiring educational experience for everyone involved.”

About The Fantasticks

This musical gem is a captivating and simple romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, two fathers, a wall – and the power and pain of young love. A dashing narrator, El Gallo, creates a “fantastic” world of moonlight and magic, and then pain and disillusionment, until the boy and girl find their way back to one another again.

The original off-Broadway cast featured Richard Stauffer (The Mute), Jerry Orbach (El Gallo), Rita Gardner (Luisa), Kenneth Nelson (Matt), William Larsen (Hucklebee), Hugh Thomas (Bellomy), Thomas Bruce (Henry), and George Curley (Mortimer). The revival cast featured Thomas Bruce (Henry), Leo Burmester (Hucklebee), MacIntyre Dixon (Mortimer), Santino Montana (Matt), Sara Jean Ford (Luisa), James Moye (El Gallo), Douglas Ullman, Jr (The Mute), and Martin Vidnovic (Bellomy).

For reservations please call 817.877.3040 or visit The Circle Theater  online at http://www.circletheatre.com

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