The Fantasticks

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Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones 

Music by Harvey Schmidt 

Based on Les Romanesques by Edmund Rostand

Directed by Gerry Roe

September 11-13*, 18-20*, 25-26, in the Roebling Theatre



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El Gallo – Q Staton
Luisa – Lorraine Maddox
Matt – Dylan Petit
Hucklebee – Dan Struckman
Bellomy – Jim Patterson
Henry – Michael McCallum
Mortimer – Loren Hart
The Mute – Jordyn Armstrong

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The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world, and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.


The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo’s words that “without a hurt, the heart is hollow”.

The famous score, which includes the classics Try To RememberThey Were You and Soon It’s Gonna Rain, is as timeless as the story itself.

Presented with permission by Music Theatre International (MTI).

 By Jaci Webb

Gerry Roe just can’t seem to shake “The Fantasticks.” And that’s a good thing. His first taste of the musical came in 1969, when he auditioned for the role of Bellomy in the Hollywood production, and ended up performing it six days a week for eight months.

Since that time, Roe has directed three other productions of the musical. When the curtains go up at the NOVA Center for the Performing Arts on Friday night for opening night, it will be the fourth version of the show that Roe has directed.

“The basic significance of this show evokes a deep-rooted truth in my personal life, ‘Without a hurt, the heart is hollow.’”

So Roe’s plans to take a recess from directing were shot down.


“After some deliberation, I decided that a chance to re-visit this old friend could not be shunned,” Roe said. “My only hope… that the lessons taught in this delightful musical will touch your lives as much as they have mine.”


The show includes the memorable score, featuring “Try To Remember,” “They Were You” and “It’s Gonna Rain.”