Friday, November 11, 2005

cast for The Fantasticks

at Interplayers Dec. 1-17
directed by Roger Welch of CdA Summer Theatre

with Jack Bannon, Christopher Bange, Damon Mentzer, Troy Nickerson, Patrick Treadway, Louis Olsen, John Frazier III and Theresa Kelly

ran 1960-2002 on and off Broadway; Jerry Orbach of Law & Order created the role of El Gallo
done in 1982 and '97 at the Civic, in 1990 at CdA Summer Theatre and in 2002 at Lake City Playhouse


  1. This show has never played "on" Broadway, Bobo. It was at the same tiny, distinctly off-B'way theatre for 42 years.

  2. I thought it had opened briefly on Broadway back in '60, didn't bother to look it up, and got egg all over my face. Sorry.

  3. Just so youo don't confuse some of your bloggers, perhaps you should establish that Off-Broadway theatres (venues) are those with 100-499 seats, rather than whether or not they have a Broadway address. The classification is governed by language in Actor's Equity contracts.
    The Resident Curmudgeon

  4. didn't know that. thanks for the tidbit. hope it shows up on Jeopardy some day!

  5. To add to the trivia, it's still the record-holder for the longest-running musical (Lloyd-Webber only has the Broadway record wrapped up).

  6. For the record, opened May 3, 1960 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village, and closed Jan 13, 2002 after 17,162 performances.
    I think that is a record that will stand for a while.

  7. In case anyone is wondering, here are the top ten longest running Broadway musicals as of Nov. 13th.
    1. Cats - 7485
    2. The Phantom of the Opera - 7421
    3. Les Miserables - 6680
    4. A Chorus Line - 6137
    5. Oh! Calcutta! (Revival) - 5959
    6. Beauty and the Beast - 4752
    7. Miss Saigon - 4097
    8. Rent - 3985
    9. Chicago (Revival) - 3738
    10. 42nd Street - 3486
    Phantom will pass Cats to become No.1 on January 9, 2006.

  8. As long as we are talking Broadway musicals, I understand that Tim Cotter at KEYF-AM is considering bringing Broadway's Biggest Hits back to the Spokane airwaves. This two hour weekly show is outstanding. I was a regular listener when KAZZ aired it prior to changing their format. For those of you not familiar with the show, check the "playlist" section of think that you will agree with me that it is worth trying to get KEYF-AM to pick it up. If you do agree that two hours of Broadway's best musical numbers is worth a listen, how about an email to Tim Cotter ( him of your interest. Or a call to the station (448-1000).

  9. Hey Bobo you said early on how much you hated this show that should be fun.