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The Ritz Theatre Company Presents
"The Fantasticks"

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.



originally published: 2018-05-25 13:43:00


Upcoming Events

The Ritz Theatre Co. Presents Disney’s Mary Poppins

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(HADDON TOWNSHIP, NJ) --  "We are proud to announce our presentation of the venerable musical classic, of both screen and stage: Disney's Mary Poppins! It's the perfect summer show, a great story that's engaging for the whole family." explains Ritz Theatre Co. Producing Artistic Director Bruce Curless. "Plus it fulfills our mission of bringing quality story telling to our community. We are also thrilled that the show is directed by Brian Rivell, who is both a veteran actor and director here at The Ritz, and who specifically requested to direct this show for The Ritz!"


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(UNION, NJ) --  Premiere Stages at Kean University will present Craig Garcia’s Linger from July 12-29 in Kean University’s Bauer Boucher Theatre Center (Vaughn Eames Hall,1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.). Recently selected from over 570 submissions as the winner of the 2018 Premiere Play Festival, Linger will feature actors Will Ehren, Michael Frederic, Robby Haltiwanger, Jonathan C. Kaplan, Sarah Kathryn Makl and Danielle Skraastad. John J. Wooten, producing artistic director of Premiere Stages, will direct.



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Event calendar
Saturday, Jun 23, 2018


MUSIC

White Denim @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

WICKED HOLLOW @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm


Parsonsfield @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm

Under the Streetlamp @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Memories: A Tribute to Barbra @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 8:00pm

Princeton Festival Baroque Chamber Ensemble @ The Princeton Abbey, Princeton - 5:00pm

Rockland Bergen Music Festival @ German Masonic Park, Tappan - 11:00am

Big Jon Atkinson and Dean Shot @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

DLT Presents Leading Ladies @ Dover Little Theatre, Dover - 8:00pm

The Last 5 Years @ Eagle Theatre, Hammonton - 3:00pm and 8:00pm

Half Time @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 8:00pm

DIRTY DANCING @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Wizard of Oz Auditions @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 12:00pm


Phoenix Productions Presents: In the Heights @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 9:30pm


COMEDY

Anthony DeVito, Greg Stone, James Mattern @ Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City - 9:00pm


DANCE

WE ARE FAMILY: Celebrating InSpira's 16th Anniversary @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 12:00pm and 5:00pm

Inspirational Dance: Great Times in NYC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 1:00pm and 5:00pm

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