The Fantasticks
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Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt
SHOW TIMES: Wednesday, March 21st -
Sunday, April 8th

Wed & Thurs 7:30pm Fri & Sat 8:00pm
Wed & Sun 2:00pm


A gem of the American theater, The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world – running over over 50 years in Manhattan and entrancing generations of audiences the world over.

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical tale about a boy, a girl, and their two parents who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, originally played by Jerry Orbach, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl 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 result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

The famous score, which includes the classics Try To Remember, They Were You and Soon It’s Gonna Rain, is as timeless as the story itself.

No show Easter Sunday, April 1; Replacement show on Saturday, March 31st at 2pm


Ryan Bloomquist (Matt) is a Connecticut native and is thrilled to be back at Ivoryton having appeared here in All Shook Up in 2014. Recent NY credits include The Imbible and Bombshell on Broadway. He has appeared regionally in shows all over the country but, as Judy said best, there’s no place like home! Ryan is a graduate of NYU Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway and perhaps too active for his own good on his Twitter account @ryanbloomquist. He also co-hosts a Riverdale recap podcast, Riverdish. For more visit


Carly Callahan (Bellomy) Carly is delighted to be joining such a magnificent cast and production team in bringing this timeless piece to the Ivoryton Playhouse stage. Recent credits include: An Ivoryton Playhouse Christmas Hour with David Pittsinger and Friends, Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Phantom (Carlotta), Ivoryton Playhouse’s Playhouse on the Shore (Director/ Performer), Opera Theater of Connecticut’s Madama Butterfly (Kate Pinkerton), Romeo & Juliet, In Verse & Music (Lady Capulet) and Die Fledermaus (Sally). Other favorites: Evita (Eva), A Little Night Music (Desiree). National tour: Victor Victoria. Regional: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Sally) and Mikado (Pitti-Sing). Edinburgh Fringe: Merrily We Roll Along (Gussie).


Cory Candelet (The Mute) is so excited to return to the Ivoryton stage this season in The Fantasticks as The Mute. He is a recent graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Before AMDA, Cory traveled the world on tour with Up With People preforming in places like Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, and more. He would like to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work and passion put into this show, his parents for their endless support, and his mentor Erin Stanley for encouraging him to follow his dreams.


Will Clark (Mortimer) Will is thrilled to be returning to Ivoryton Playhouse, having appearing in I Hate Musicals: The Musical this past Fall. Originally hailing from South Eastern Connecticut, Will is a New York based film and theater actor. Will is a Resident Artist and Associate Artistic Director of The CRY HAVOC Company, a new play development company based in Manhattan. With CRY HAVOC, will has taken part in the development of over 150 new plays, musicals, and screen plays, and has has performed in dozens of CRY HAVOC’s readings and productions, including his performance in Sabbatical for the Lincoln Center Originals series. Other recent stage credits include Three Sisters (Gowanus Arts), realer than that (CRY HAVOC), Wish You Were Here, My Love (Planet Connections Festival), Ectospasms (New York Fringe), and AVoid2Remembr (Interrobang Festival).


R. Bruce Connelly* (Henry) in his career has worked in burlesque, vaudeville, television, movies, drama, pantomime and musical comedy. Among the roles he has played are J.M. Barrie, P.T. Barnum, Max Bialystock, Max Prince, Paddy Bell, Felix Unger, Pseudolus, Willie Clark, Sheridan Whiteside, Uncle Vanya, Murray Burns, Dr. Einstein, Dr, John Watson, Andrew Wyke, Finian McLonergan, Harold Hill, Guildenstern, Trinculo, Bottom, Puck, Feste, Scapino, Roger Sherman, Snoopy, Barkley, Barney Cashman, the Stage Manager, the Man Going Back, the Reverend Crisparkle, the Reverend Mother, the Mule of La Mancha, eight roles in The Matchmaker, ten roles in Greater Tuna, the Devil, Adam, Jesus, and the Man who played God, George Burns.


Kimberly Immanuel* (Luisa) is overjoyed to be making her Ivoryton debut with a show that is so near and dear to her heart! She most recently appeared as Peggy Sawyer in Drury Lane Theatre’s production of 42nd Street. Some of her favorite credits include Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Company), The Fantasticks (The Jerry Orbach Theatre), Evita (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), and Waterfall (Pasadena Playhouse and The 5th Avenue Theatre). Big thanks to her family, Josh, SW Aritists, Brian, Jacqueline, and the entire cast and team for everything! BFA, New York University.


David Pittsinger* (El Gallo)  American bass-baritone David Pittsinger is renowned as a stage performer of the greatest distinction for his dramatic portrayals in the world’s major opera houses, concert halls and Broadway. His elegant musicianship also puts him in high demand for challenging baroque, bel canto, twentieth and twenty-first century scores. Career Highlights: South Pacific (Emile de Becque) LCT Broadway, National Tour, Ivoryton Playhouse; (Arthur) Camelot Glimmerglass Festival; Metropolitan Opera: Don Carlo (Friar), Manon (Comte des Grieux), Hamlet (Le Spectre), Giulio Cesare (Achilla), The Magic Flute (Speaker) (Dialogues of the Carmelites). NYCO: Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Nozze di Figaro (Figaro), Anthony and Cleopatra (Carnegie Hall), Don Quichotte (Don Quichotte), Vienna, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Salome (Jokanaan) Portland, Tosca (Scarpia), FGO, Nozze di Figaro (Count), LA Opera, Faust (Mephistopheles), L’Arena Sferisterio, L’Opera de Montreal, Mefistofele (Mefistofele), I Solisti Veneti, Pittsburgh, Rake’s Progress (Nick Shadow), Paris, Brussels, Hamburg, Bordeaux,Carmen (Escamillo), Montpellier, Santa Fe, Blizzard on Marblehead Neck, Glimmerglass Festival, world premiere Phillip Glass’s The Perfect American at Teatro Real, world premiere, and the Metropolitan Opera as the Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Met HD Broadcasts: Magic Flute, Tosca, Manon, Hamlet, Les Contes d’Hoffmann .Florencia en el Amazonas (LA Opera), Rake’s Progress (Pittsburgh Opera), Appomattox world premiere (Kennedy Center) Sweeney Todd (Broadway Revival Production). Discography includes: Rodgers and Hammerstein At the Movies (EMI), The Perfect American (DVD Opus Arte) Charles Ives Songs (Naxos), La Calisto (Hamonia Mundi), Carlisle Floyd’s Susanna (Virgin), Simon Boccanegra (Ficsco), Faure’s Requiem (Orchestra of St. Luke’s), Rachmaninoff’s The Bells Awards: “Artist of the Year” Awards from NYCO and Pittsburgh Opera, Helen Hayes Nomination “Best Leading Actor” (Kennedy Center). MM: Yale. Of his Helen Hayes Award-nominated performance as Emile de Becque in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific at the Kennedy Center, the Washington Times wrote: “His brilliant, knife-clean bass-baritone voice, impeccable enunciation – even with a French accent – and his authoritative, passionate delivery provide the perfect mix of romance, passion, and traditional masculine bravado…His Emile is perhaps the definitive interpretation of this role in our time.”


Patricia Schuman* (Hucklebee) has sung leading roles at the world’s most prestigious festivals and opera and concert stages.  Well-known for Mozart heroines, she has appeared as Donna Elvira, Vitellia, Ilia, Countess Almaviva, and Pamina at opera houses and festivals such as the Metropolitan Opera, ROH at Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence and,Glyndebourne. Miss Schuman has sung many world premieres, such as the role of Carlotta O’Neill in Jeanine Tesori’s Blizzard on Marblehead Neck, and Elvira Griffiths in the reworking of Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy. She received more critical acclaim for her portrayal of The Duchess of Argyle in Thomas Ades’ Powder her Face, which she sang in Philadelphia and recently in Boston.…”Schuman takes over the stage from the moment she steps upon it, and relinquishes it only in those scenes for which she is not present.”  (Broadway World / Markay Rogers)Video: Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea (the Schwetzinger Festspiele), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Covent Garden) and Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Madrid Opera). Recordings:  Handel’s Messiah (Koch), as Ruggiero in Rossini’s Tancredi (Sony), Bertoni mass Veni Creator (Erato), and Florencia in Florencia en el Amazonas (Albany Records).She is married to David Pittsinger and is the proud mother of Richard and Maria.


Director and Choreographer:  Brian Feehan

Musical Director:  Jill Brunelle

Stage Manager:  James Joseph Clark*

Scenic Designer:  Martin Scott Marchitto

Lighting Designer:  Marcus Abbott

Sound Designer:  Tate R. Burmeister

Costume Designer:  Elizabeth Saylor Cipollina

* member of Actors Equity

Join us for an opening night reception following the 8:00pm performance on Friday, March 23rd. Light refreshments will be served.


David Pittsinger opens 2018 season in The Fantasticks

Ivoryton – The Ivoryton Playhouse will open its 2018 season with a romantic fable that has enchanted audiences around the world for over fifty years. THE FANTASTICKS by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt is a timeless tale of young love, shattered dreams and universal truths and it opens in Ivoryton on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018.

The show was first performed Off Broadway in May, 1960 and ran for 42 years, making it the world’s longest running musical. It has helped launch the careers of Liza Minnelli, Glenn Close, F. Murray Abraham, Kristin Chenoweth, and even Ricardo Montalbán.

THE FANTASTICKS has been performed in 82 countries, and each year some 250 productions are mounted worldwide. Its themes — the blind passion of youth, the meddling of parents, the deepening of love through pain and struggle — are timeless and continue to captivate audiences everywhere. This intimate show with a bounty of catchy tunes and beautiful melodies, including the classic “Try to remember the kind of September…”, is a quintessential celebration of love in all its gorgeous simplicity and heartbreaking complexities

David Pittsinger*, who has performed in Ivoryton to great critical acclaim as Emile de Becque in SOUTH PACIFIC, and Don Quixote in MAN OF LA MANCHA, will be playing the storyteller – El Gallo. He will be joined by his wife, Patricia Schuman*, Carly Callahan, R. Bruce Connelly*, William Clark, Kimberley Immanuel*, Ryan Bloomquist and Cory Candelet.

The show is directed and choreographed by Brian Feehan, the set is designed by Martin Marchitto, lighting by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Elizabeth Cipollina. Musical direction is by Jill Brunelle.

Don’t miss this opportunity to fall in love and catch the magic!

THE FANTASTICKS opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on March 21st and runs through April 8th 2018. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. There will be no performance on Easter Sunday, April 1; Replacement show on Saturday, March 31st at 2pm

Tickets are $50 for adults, $45 for seniors, $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Members of the press are welcome at any performance after March 22nd.

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During its original run at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village, The Fantasticks logged a record-breaking 17,162 performances. When the original production closed in 2002, news of the closing made the front page of The New York Times. In 2006, a revival opened at The Theater Center, directed by Tom Jones (author and lyricist).