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The Ritz Theatre Company Presents
"The Fantasticks"

originally published: 05/25/2018

The Ritz Theatre Company Presents "The Fantasticks"(HADDON TOWNSHIP, NJ) -- The longest running musical in history is coming to The Ritz Theatre Company. The Fantasticks will run for three weekends from June 1st to June 16th. The musical features music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. It tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by Edmond Rostand, concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud.

"The Fantasticks is a personal favorite of mine, for a number of reasons," explains Ritz Theatre Co. Producing Artistic Director Bruce Curless. "I look forward to bringing this theatre classic to our audiences as part of our June Theatre Festival. I feel that the story has particular relevance to younger people, so my hope is that many young people who have never seen the show, will come out and experience our production, and enjoy the story for themselves for the first time."

Director Matthew Weil adds: “I think one of the intriguing things that makes The Fantasticks timeless, and is a credit to its enduring nature, is that you can see it at various different stages of your life and always find it new again. What the audience takes away from the show grows and changes with age, making it timeless and refreshingly new every time!” 

The cast includes: Alan Krier – Hucklebee; Bruce A. Curless – Henry; Charles J. Gill – Bellamy; John Nicodemo – Mortimer; Michael Pliskin – El Gallo; Brian Gensel – The Mute; AJ Klein – Matt; and Kristy Joe Slough – Luisa.

The Ritz Fantasticks Production Team includes: Matthew Weil – Director; Siarra Ingram – Assistant Director; Robert Stoop – Vocal Director; Angela Longo – Choreographer; Jen Donsky – Lighting Designer; Brennan DiOrio – Costume Designer; Sara Viniar / Matthew Weil – Props; Sara Viniar – Stage Manager; Melissa Harnois – Assistant Stage Manager; and William M. Bryant – Technical Director.



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Performances will take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.  Performance dates are June 1-3; June 8-10; and June 15-16.  All tickets are $25.00 plus $2.50 service fee.

The Fantasticks premiered at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York City, a small Off-Broadway theatre in New York City's Greenwich Village, on May 3, 1960, with Jerry Orbach as El Gallo, Rita Gardner as Luisa, Kenneth Nelson as Matt, and librettist Tom Jones (under a pseudonym) as the Old Actor, among the cast members. The sparse set and semicircular stage created an intimate and immediate effect.

The Ritz Theatre production will be presented in the round, which means that many of the audience members will be seated on a specially constructed stage, actually surrounding the performers, creating the same intimate and immediate effect of the original Off-Broadway original performances. 

The show's original Off-Broadway production ran a total of forty-two years and 17,162 performances, making it the world's longest-running musical. It was awarded Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre in 1991. The poetic book and breezy, inventive score, including such familiar songs as "Try to Remember", helped make the show so durable. Many productions followed, as well as television and film versions. 

The show was revived off-Broadway from 2006 to 2017. As of 2010, its original investors had earned 240 times their original investments. The musical has played throughout the US and in at least sixty-seven foreign countries.

The Ritz Theatre Company is located at 915 White Horse Pike in the Arts District of Haddon Township, New Jersey.





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Event calendar
Friday, Oct 19, 2018


MUSIC

COVEY @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

PIMPS OF JOYTIME WITH WAITING ON MONGO @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 8:00pm

THE DAMNED WITH RADKEY AND THE DARTS @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

The Early November @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Kid Rock @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

Real Diamond- Tribute to Neil Diamond @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Abbie Gardner at the Minstrel @ Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown - 7:30pm

SHA NA NA @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

DALA @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 8:00pm

The Psychedelic Furs @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm







THEATRE

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

CDC Theatre presents A Few Good Men @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 8:00pm

Wait Until Dark @ Somerset Valley Playhouse, Hillsborough - 8:00pm

Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Bow Tie Cinemas (Hoboken), Hoboken - 11:30pm

Roxey Ballet's Dracula @ Roxey Ballet Canal Studio Theater, Lambertville - 7:00pm

World Premier of, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, A Horror of a Play @ Forum Theatre (Metuchen), Metuchen - 8:00pm

The Color Purple @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 8:00pm

Dracula @ The Baird Theatre on Three, South Orange - 7:30pm

Almost, Maine @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 7:30pm

Black Tom Island @ The 1882 Carriage House, Liberty Hall Museum, Union - 8:00pm

*Uncle Vanya, Scenes from a Jersey Life in Four Acts @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 8:00pm


DANCE

Coppélia @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm


FILM

New Jersey Film Festival @ Voorhees Hall #105, New Brunswick - 7:00pm


POETRY

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 9:00am


MISC

THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE! @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

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