Complete casting has been announced for Pasadena Playhouse's upcoming production of The Fantasticks, opening the theater's 2016-17 season. Performances begin September 6 in advance of a September 11 opening and will run through October 2.
Directed by Seema Sueko, the eight-person company will star Conor Guzmán and the original Tuptim of Lincoln Center's late King and I revival Ashley Park as the central lovers Matt and Luisa.
The cast will also feature Philip Anthony-Rodriguez (Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story) as El Gallo; Regi Davis (Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers) as Bellomy; contemporary dance artist Alyse Rockett as The Mute; Amir Talai (Nickelodeon’s Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awsomeness) as Mortimer; Gedde Watanabe (Pacific Overtures, Sixteen Candles) as Hucklebee; and Tony winner Hal Linden (Barney Miller, The Rothschilds) as Henry.
The creative team also 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, and fight choreographer Tim Weske. Casting is by Becky Lythgoe.
Featuring a book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, The Fantasticks tells an allegorical love story about "a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall." Now running off-Broadway at The Theater Center, the show holds the distinction of being the longest-running musical in history.