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Cast of The Fantasticks
Max Crumm
(Matt)
Max Crumm is psyched/thrilled/elated to join the company of THE FANTASTICKS. Recent credits include Scott in DISASTER! and Christian in F#%KING UP EVERYTHING, both Off-Broadway. Max is best known for playing Danny Zuko in the most recent Broadway revival of GREASE, having won the reality television show "Grease! You're the One That I Want!" He also appeared in the hit film EASY A. Thanks to David, Cory, Catherine and Birdie the dog! (@MaxCrumm)
Michael Sharon
(El Gallo)
Michael is thrilled to join this historic production. Credits include THE MOST HAPPY FELLA (NYCity Opera), MACBETH (Los Angeles Theatre Center), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Broadway World and Carbonell Award nom's; Fulton Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre), SHENANDOAH (Goodspeed), THE FANTASTICKS (Long Wharf), RICHARD III (Folger Theatre, DC), SOUTH PACIFIC (Delaware Theatre Company), ANNA KARENINA (Portland Center Stage), and multiple seasons at the Oregon, Alabama, and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, and the Shakespeare Theatre, DC (Helen Hayes Award nom, TWELFTH NIGHT). Training: University of Southern California, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London.)
Samantha Bruce
(Luisa)
Samantha Bruce is happy to be making her Off-Broadway debut in such a tremendous show. Some favorite regional credits include: Carousel (Julie Jordan), Gypsy (Louise), Cinderella (Cinderella), Oklahoma! (Laurey), Strike Up the Band (Joan), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Boeing-Boeing (Gretchen), Hairspray (Amber) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Kitty). Grateful to the cast/creative team, Mom, Dad, Norman, the Saiers, the Strawns, and my whole SRT family.
Ray DeMattis
(Hucklebee)
Broadway: Fiorello!, Little Shop Of Horrors, City Of Angels, Zoya's Apartment and the original Grease. Off-Broadway: Streets of New York, Enter Laughing-The Musical, Talk Radio, Tamara, Flora The Red Menace among others. Television: The Sopranos, Law And Order (9 principal guest appearances), the three of Bill Cosby’s series, Everwood. Film: It Runs In The Family, Untitled, Family Business, Fatherhood, Brewster's Millions. Regional: GEVA, Long Wharf, Actors' Theatre of Louisville, Two Rivers Rep., Cleveland Playhouse, and others. Founding Artistic Director of The National Theater Workshop of The Handicapped for which he won the Argyle Award.
Kevin R. Free
(Bellomy)
KEVIN R. FREE SO EXCITED!! OFF-BROADWAY: Greenwich Village Follies (Manhattan Theatre Source); From My Hometown (AMAS; Audelco Award Nominee); Taking A Chance on Love (York Theatre); The Conjure Man Dies (New Federal Theatre); Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (New York Neo-Futurists). TV: Law & Order: SVU; Cyberchase; Several Commercials. Voiceover: Welcome to Night Vale Podcast (Kevin of Desert Bluffs); Moth Radio Hour; Narrator of over 100 audio books. Playwright, Producer, Teaching Artist. www.kevinrfree.com, Twitter: @kevinrfree.
MacIntyre Dixon
(Henry)
Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac, Sly Fox, Gypsy, The Crucible, Prelude To A Kiss, 1776, A Funny Thing Forum, The Tempest, Beauty and The Beast, 3 Penny Opera. Off-Broadway: Comic Potential, Arms and the Man, Room Service, Hamlet, Little Murders, The Tempest, Tom Foolery, Second City. Films include: School of Rock, In And Out, A River Runs Through It, The Dream Team, Funny Farm, Batteries Not Included, The Secret Of My Success, Popeye, Reds.
Michael Nostrand
(Mortimer)
is happy to revisit The Fantasticks having played Mortimer at the Sullivan St. Playhouse for over 1,000 performances. Broadway: Peter Pan (Smee), The Corn Is Green. National tours: Peter Pan (Smee), Jelly’s Last Jam (Melrose Bro.), …Edwin Drood (Deputy), and Dracula (Renfield). Film and TV: HBO’s The Leftovers, The Good Wife, Phoebe In Wonderland, Stephanie Daley, 10-8, Family Affair, The Beast, Coach, Profiler, Van Helsing Chronicles, and Smee in A&E’s Emmy Award winning Peter Pan. Michael directed the behind the scenes segments for the feature films Half Nelson and Stephanie Daley, and is a documentary and industrial filmmaker.
Pierce Cravens
(The Mute)
Broadway: RAGTIME, TOM SAWYER, TITANIC, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Off-Broadway/Regional: The Public/NYSF, MTC, NY Stage and Film, NYMF, InterAct Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Theatre 80. Film/TV selections: Season 2 Premiere of VEEP, Cal Widdecomb in BOARDWALK EMPIRE, RONAL THE BARBARIAN (Einstein Films), RISING STARS (Screen Media Films), FILMORE! (Disney), voice of Michelangelo in the new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE video game. AudioFile Earphones Award. Four albums. Grammy voting member of The Recording Academy. Represented by Evolution Entertainment and Professional Artists. Pierce is also a producer with Metropolitan Entertainment.
Scott Willis
(Standby El Gallo, Bellomy, Hucklebee)
Most recently, Scott was named the 2013 BroadwayWorld.com Best Leading Actor in both Los Angeles and San Francisco for his portrayal of “Bernadette” in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. He is now happy to return to The Fantasticks having played “El Gallo” at the Sullivan Street Playhouse and performed with its 50th Anniversary Company here at The Snapple Theatre. Broadway and national touring credits include “Rooster Hannigan” in Annie, Rogers & Hammerstein's State Fair, the Tony Award-winning Crazy for You, David Merrick’s 42nd Street and “Santa Claus” with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular across America.
Rita Markova
(Standby Luisa, The Mute)
Off-Broadway: Homer's Odyssey (Bleecker Street). Other NYC: Something for the Boys (Theatre Row); Hidden Sky (Prospect Theater); Casanova (Amas Musical Theatre). Regional: Sweeney Todd (Johanna) Portland Center Stage; Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel) Walnut Street (Barrymore Award nomination); Cats (Jellylorum) Northern Stage; West Side Story (Maria); Into the Woods (Cinderella); The Immigrant (Leah); Guys and Dolls (Sarah); Beauty and the Beast (Belle). Special thanks to Paul and the rest of the Fantasticks team, teachers, friends, and fantastically supportive family. www.RitaMarkova.com
Tom Flagg
(Standby Henry, Mortimer, Hucklebee, Bellomy)
Flagg was in the original Fantasticks, leaving it three times for Broadway shows. Ended the 20th Century on Broadway in Will Rogers Follies, How to Succeed... opened the new century in Oklahoma and Schmidt & Jones' Roadside. A Karate Master, Tom trains U.S. Marines and Navy Personnel in Martial Arts. www.TomFlagg.com
Musicians of The Fantasticks
Robert Felstein
(At the Piano, Musical Director)
Robert has directed music for over 50 Equity productions around the country and has appeared in concert with many of musical theatre's best-known singers. Show Music Magazine, reviewing the first recording of the classic Johnny Mercer musical Foxy said, "Robert Felstein's piano playing makes the listener forget there is no orchestra". Original compositions include a musical, Orpheus in America in collaboration with playwright Robert Patrick, The Ghosts of Rowan Oak produced at the NJ Institute of Technology in 2006, and incidental music for several plays. He is on the faculty of the Hartt School of the University of Hartford.
Maria Banks
(At the Harp)
Maria's harp playing and original compositions have been featured in recordings, documentaries and a music video. In addition to working on Broadway, Banks has appeared with Arizona Opera Company, Rochester Philharmonic and West Australia Symphony Orchestra, and performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Casals Hall, Perth Concert Hall, Radio City Musial Hall and the famous NYC jazz club Birdland, to name a few. When not at The Fantasticks, Banks performs with an array of artists including Kanye West and the group Four Celtic Voices.