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Rep Stage Closes 2013-14 Season with “The Fantasticks,” the World’s Longest-Running Musical

March 27, 2014

(Columbia, MD) - Rep Stage, the regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, closes its 21st season with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s well-known musical, “The Fantasticks.” Directed by Rep Stage’s Managing Director Nancy Tarr Hart with musical direction by Ross Scott Rawlings and choreography by Ilona Kessell, this classic love story is the world's longest-running musical. Hailed as a “gem” by The Wall Street Journal, “The Fantasticks” tells the story of a boy, a girl, and the wall built by their fathers to keep them apart. The play’s mischievous and charming narrator, El Gallo, leads the audience through a journey of imagination, music, moonlight, and magic as the girl and boy 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 includes the classics “Try To Remember,” “They Were You,” and “Soon It's Gonna Rain.”

“The Fantasticks” opens Wednesday, April 30, 2014, with a limited run through Sunday, May 18 in the Studio Theatre of the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) on the campus of HCC. For tickets and additional information, visit or call the box office at 443-518-1500. Press performance is Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m. For photos and press reservations, contact Mike Scrivener in the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 443-518-3133 or

The creative team behind “The Fantasticks” is Tom Jones (books, lyrics, director) and Harvey Schmidt (music). Based on the play "The Romancers" ("Les Romanesques") by Edmond Rostand, “The Fantasticks” began as a summer theater production at New York’s Barnard College. In 1960 it opened Off-Broadway, and with 17,162 record-breaking performances, eventually became the longest-running production in the history of stage and one of the most frequently produced musicals in the world.

Henry (The Old Actor): Nigel Reed*
El Gallo:  Paul Edward Hope* 
Matt (The Boy): Benjamin Lurye
Luisa (The Girl): Stephanie Schmalzle
Mortimer: Peter Boyer*
Hucklebee: Michael Bunce* 
The Mute: Lynette Rathnam
Bellomy: Darren McDonnell 

Book & Lyrics: Tom Jones
Music: Harvey Schmidt
Director: Nancy Tarr Hart
Musical Director: Ross Scott Rawlings
Set Designer: Dave Blachowicz
Lighting Design: Michael Klima
Choreographer: Ilona Kessell
Costume Designer: Denise Umland
Properties: Natalia Leimkuhler
Stage Manager: Raine Bode*

*Members Actors’ Equity Association

About Rep Stage
Rep Stage, a professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is celebrating its 21st season. The company is a member of the League of Washington Theatres, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Theatre Communications Group. Rep Stage is recognized by Theatre Washington as a professional DC Metro area theater company and is eligible to be nominated for the Helen Hayes Awards. Performances are made possible by Howard County Arts Council, Howard County Government, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as through generous individual contributions. Rep Stage is proud to be a partner of Howard County Tourism and Promotion.