Days of Our Lives star Peter Reckell joins the cast of The Fantasticks as El Gallo.
Days of Our Lives star Peter Reckell joins the cast of The Fantasticks as El Gallo.
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Peter Reckell, Emmy-nominated star of Days of Our Lives, will rejoin the cast of the long-running off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks at The Theater Center 35 years after his first run with the show.

In 1981, Reckell performed the role of The Mute and covered the role of The Boy in the Sullivan Street production. He now returns to the musical in the role of the charismatic El Gallo for a limited engagement from September 5-25.

Reckell is best known for his character Bo Brady on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives, which he performed from 1983–87, from 1990-91, and for a third stint from 1995-2012. He made his network-television debut in 1980 as Eric Hollister on As the World Turns, and during part of his absence from Days, Reckell starred in the role of Johnny Rourke on the primetime series Knots Landing. His stage credits also include Moonchildren, Pirates of Penzance, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Love Letters, and Death Trap.

The Fantasticks, featuring music by Harvey Schmidt and book, lyrics, and direction by Tom Jones, follows a boy and girl who fall in love and then quickly grow apart. The score includes hit songs such as "Try to Remember," "Soon It's Gonna Rain," and "They Were You."

The cast currently features Andrew Polec as The Boy (Matt), Madison Claire Parks as The Girl (Luisa), Donald Corren as The Boy's Father (Hucklebee), Dale Hensley as The Girl's Father (Bellomy), MacIntyre Dixon as The Old Actor (Henry), Michael Nostrand as The Man Who Dies (Mortimer), and Drew Seigla as The Mute. The production also includes John Thomas Waite, Rob Richardson, and Kimberly Immanuel.

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