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Tom Jones of The Fantasticks
An Interview with Tom Jones

In an interview with The Fantasticks’ Tom Jones, Seattle theatre writer John Longenbaugh tried to nail down what makes The Fantasticks such an "amazing show.” The insightful discussion ranged from the origins of The Fantasticks before the original off-Broadway run to Jones' continued involvement in the show and beyond. Long-time fans may find the discussion of the decision to change the final line to be of particular interest, as well as Jones’ description of The Fantasticks as “a celebration of the theatre.”

Samantha Bruce and Max Crumm at Broadway in Bryant Park 2014
The Fantasticks at Broadway in Bryant Park!

The Fantasticks' Max Crumm and Samantha Bruce co-hosted Broadway in Bryant Park on another spectacular afternoon with 106.7 Lite FM's Christine Nagy. To conclude an afternoon with some of the best of Broadway and Off-Broadway, Max and Samantha performed the classic "Soon It's Gonna Rain." Please check out photos of the event on our Facebook page and don't miss their on-stage selfie.

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Fantasticks News Update
Hot Off The Press

Anna Gilligan from Good Day NY interviewed the cast of The Fantasticks for a segment on Fox Five, check it out at MyFoxNY.com This comes on the heels of an Associated Press Article on The Fantasticks' Kevin R. Free. Coverage of The Fantasticks' Max Crumm continues with a series of interviews - firstly with "Call Me Adam" and recently with Josh Ferri at BroadwayBox for The Daily Scoop.

Max Crumm to star in The Fantasticks
Max Crumm to star in The Fantasticks!

Broadway and film actor Max Crumm (Grease, Easy A) will join The Fantasticks as Matt (The Boy) beginning July 8th. Max Crumm starred as Danny Zuko in the most recent Broadway revival of Grease and has also appeared in DISASTER! and F#%KING UP EVERYTHING Off-Broadway. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

Keven R. Free joins The Fantasticks
Kevin R. Free is Bellomy!

The Fantasticks welcomes Kevin R. Free as Bellomy, Luisa's father. Free has performed Off Broadway in From My Hometown, Taking A Chance On Love and in The Conjure Man Dies. Free has appeared on Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and can be heard in over 100 audio books including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Known World.

Reserve your tickets to see Kevin R. Free as Bellomy now! Get Tickets To The Fantasticks at Ticketmaster.com

Edward Watts returns to The Fantasticks
Edward Watts returns to The Fantasticks as El Gallo!

Edward Watts returns to The Fantasticks for two weeks beginning April 28. Watts previously starred as El Gallo during the 50th Anniversary year and with Aaron Carter. Watts starred in the Broadway production of Scandalous. Off-Broadway, he took on the role of Superman in It's a Bird..Plane..It's Superman at Encores!, His other stage credits include The Most Happy Fella at the NYC Opera and Transport at The Irish Rep. Tours: The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Les Miserables (Enjolras,) 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Adam Pontipee,) Beauty and the Beast (Gaston.) Regional Theatre: Roman Holiday at The Guthrie, Funny Thing... Forum (Helen Hayes nomination Best Supporting Actor) at The Shakespeare Theatre D.C., Saving Aimee and 7 Brides for 7 Brothers at The 5th Avenue, 1776 at Goodspeed Opera, Annie Get Your Gun at Sacramento Music Circus, A Little Night Music at Michigan Opera Theatre, The Music Man and Camelot at Music Theatre of Wichita, etc. TV: recurring roles on "The Sopranos", "All My Children", "Rescue Me", "The Carrie Diaries", and "As the World Turns".

Reserve your tickets to see Edward Watts as El Gallo now! Get Tickets To The Fantasticks at Ticketmaster.com

Tom Jones at the 20,000th performance of The Fantasticks
The Fantasticks Celebrates 20,000 Performances!

Last night, on September 15, The Fantasticks performed it's 20,000th performance in New York City. Preceding the show, Tom Jones reflected on the more than fifty years of history - after the show, the party kicked off. Steven Duskin of The Huffington Post said of the performance; "what most impressed me this time was how fresh and alive this material is... pure joy". The Associated Press described it as a "mind-boggling milestone."

NY Daily News on the 20,000th performance of The Fantasticks
"A Fabled Run" - 20,000 Performances Tonight!

Tom Jones in an excerpt from The New York Daily News, Sept 15. 2013: "I was in the original cast in 1960 and I returned to play the same role on the 50th anniversary," he says. "As I crawled out of the old theatrical trunk to make my entrance, I was suddenly struck by the realization that everything was the same. The world around us had undergone vast changes," Jones continues. "So many of my friends and fellow actors had passed away. But this tale we were telling, this parable about growing up, was still able to touch people, to make them laugh and weep, after all these years. And I was very moved by that." Read on with the link below.

John Davidson returns to The Fantasticks
John Davidson returns to The Fantasticks

Davidson returns December 3 as Bellomy, Luisa's quirky yet lovable father - this time getting to showcase his singing! Davidson originally played Matt in the 1964 Hallmark Hall of Fame television version and was with us here at the Snapple Theater Center for two short engagements this past summer as the old actor, Henry. Now get a chance to see Davidson as Bellomy! Buy tickets today!

Jonathan Knight & The Wanted Visit
Famous Faces at The Fantasticks
It was boy band reunion night at The Fantasticks last night! Members of The Wanted - Tom Parker, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes - and New Kids on The Block member Jonathan Knight stopped by to support their friend Aaron Carter in the show!

Aaron Carter and Jeremiah James in Bryant Park
The Fantasticks in Bryant Park
The Fantasticks, as part of the 2012 Broadway in Bryant Park, performed four numbers in front of a packed crowd including Soon It's Gonna Rain, Never Say No, I Can See It, and Try To Remember. John Davidson, who returns to reprise the role of Henry (The Old Actor) starting July 30th, was in attendance and gave the introduction.
Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones Photo
Harvey Schmidt Visits the Show
Harvey Schmidt, composer and co-creator of The Fantasticks, has stopped by to attend the show and meet the current cast. Schmidt, who now lives in Texas, was in town for his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (along with fellow creative partner Tom Jones) and hadn't seen the show in decades. The cast was thrilled and honored to perform for and meet Schmidt.
Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones Photo
Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, the creative team behind The The Fantasticks, have been honored by being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Fellow inductees for 2012 included Jim Steinman, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Don Schlitz, and Bette Midler (recepient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award). Performers and presenters for the ceremony included Dave Grohl, Stevie Nicks, Kenny Rogers, Lyle Lovett, Meat Loaf, Emmylou Harris, Cheyenne Jackson, Constantine Maroulis, L.P., Jerry Moss and Take 6. Congratulations to all recipients!