Final Performances- THE FANTASTICKS – The Pasadena Playhouse

(L-R): Conor Guzmán, Ashley Park, Regi Davis and Gedde Watanabe in The Fantasticks at The Pasadena Playhouse. Photo by: Jim Cox Photography.
Hal Linden and Amir Talai in The Fantasticks at The Pasadena Playhouse.  Photo by: Jim Cox Photography.
Hal Linden and Amir Talai in The Fantasticks at The Pasadena Playhouse.
Photo by: Jim Cox Photography.


Book and lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Directed by Seema Sueko
PASADENA, CA (September 26, 2016) – The Pasadena Playhouse (Artistic Director Sheldon Epps) production of THE FANTASTICKS by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, is now in its final performances and must close Sunday, October 2. THE FANTASTICKS is directed by Seema Sueko, who directed The Pasadena Playhouse’s critically acclaimed production of Real Women Have Curves last season.

The Los Angeles Times deemed the production “A sharp –edged revival.” Patt Diroll of The Pasadena Star-News called THE FANTASTICKS “Innovative and fun!” Don Grigware of Broadway World said,  “a stunning production, one of the very best I have seen,” and Theatermania said, “The title says it all. THE FANTASTICKS is always a delight.”

Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse says, “”We have had a wonderful run of this great American classic musical on our stage.  Seema, the cast and the creative team delivered a production that brought new insight, immediacy, and contemporary resonance to this iconic show.  Their work has been warmly embraced on every level, and that has led to an enormously successful run with rich mutual rewards for our audiences and our theatre.  I am grateful that we’ve had the chance to continue our long collaboration with Jones and Schmidt with this show and grateful that we’ve shared another great success.”

The cast of eight features Philip Anthony-Rodriguez as El Gallo (Broadway’s Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, NBC’s Grimm); Regi Davis as Bellomy (Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers); Conor Guzmán as Matt
(The Cabrillo Music Theatre’s The Little Mermaid); Ashley Park as Luisa (Broadway’s The King and I); contemporary dance artist Alyse Rockett as The Mute, Amir Talai as Mortimer (What to Expect When You’re Expecting); Gedde Watanabe as Hucklebee (Broadway’s Pacific Overtures, John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles); and Hal Linden as Henry, whose extensive credits include ABC’s Barney Miller, and a Best Actor Tony Award for his portrayal of Mayer Rothschild in the Broadway musical The Rothschilds.

THE FANTASTICKS opened on May 3, 1960, and played off-Broadway for 17,162 performances before closing on January 13, 2002, making it the longest running musical in history. Winner of a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre, THE FANTASTICKS is a lyrical and romantic musical that tells an allegorical love story about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. This beloved musical has been seen in over 67 countries and performed in locations ranging from The Peking Opera to The White House.

The creative team for THE FANTASTICKS includes Music Director David O, choreographer Kitty McNamee, scenic designer David F. Weiner; costume designer Shirley Pierson; lighting designer Josh Epstein; sound designer Joe Huppert; casting by Becky Lythgoe and fight choreography by Tim Weske.

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.  The performance schedule is Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets, priced from $25.00 to $135.00, are available online at; by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529. For more information, visit

Full biographies for creative team members are available by request.
Calendar Listing for THE FANTASTICKS
Dates:                      Must close Sunday, October 2, 2016

Playing                   Wednesday through Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.
Schedule:              Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Prices:                    $25.00 to $90.00 plus premium seating at $135.00
Venue:                   The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101
Tickets:                  Online sales and information:
Phone: 626-356-7529

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