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Showcard for The Tribe Productions' 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival 50th Anniversary Revival Production of Tom Jones' and Harvey Schmidt's "THE FANTASTICKS" at The Complex Theatre in Los Angeles, Ca.

The Fantasticks 
proves that great musicals can sometimes come in small packages
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When it opened in New York at the intimate 153-seat, off-Broadway, Sullivan Street Theatre on May 3, 1960, gifted author / lyricist Tom Jones and wonderfully-talented composer Harvey Schmidt perhaps had no idea that their musical The Fantasticks , the story of a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall ( suggested by Cyrano de Bergerac author Edmund Rostand's romantic comedy Les Romanesques ) would not only become the longest-running musical in American Theatre History, but go on to become the longest-running musical in The World! Originally performed with 9 characters ( the role of The Handyman was absorbed into the role of The Mute not long after opening, and the cast of characters is currently 8 ), The Fantasticks is one of the most beautifully-written and composed small-cast musicals of all time. The original New York Sullivan Street Theatre cast directed by Word Baker featured young theatre stars Jerry Orbach as The Narrator, El Gallo, Kenneth Nelson as The Boy, Matt, and Rita Gardner as The Girl, Luisa, and the show's book-writer and lyricist Tom Jones ( utilizing the stage name of Thomas Bruce ) created the role of the old Shakespearean actor Henry Albertson in the production. The score features such lovely numbers as "Try To Remember," "Soon it's Gonna Rain," "They Were You," "Metaphor" "Never Say No" "Much More" and the dark "Round and Round." With over 12,000 productions presented in the United States alone, and numerous international productions in nearly 70 countries, The Fantasticks has become one of the most performed and beloved musicals ever! Though recently, during its 57th year on June 4, of 2017, the highly-praised, long-running New York off-Broadway production at The Snapple Center's Jerry Orbach Theatre ( named for the acclaimed actor who created the role of El Gallo ) did indeed close, the legacy and the joy this work brought to tens of thousands of theatregoers, artists and performers around the globe, lives on! A testament to the small and intimate musical show's staying and playing power occurred during the late spring and summer of 2010 when a talented young theatre ensemble called The Tribe Productions presented a Hollywood Fringe Festival 50th Anniversary Revival Production of Tom Jones' and Harvey Schmidt's acclaimed musical at The Complex Theatre in Los Angeles. The revival, directed by Christopher Chase, with musical direction by Tiffany Oliver, featured skilled actor / singer Christopher Karbo as The Narrator, El Gallo, the lovely and talented Madison Mitchell as The Girl, Luisa, physically-amazing actress Setareh Khatibi as The Mute, and in his Greater Los Angeles Area stage debut, Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Winner Darryl Maximilian Robinson appeared in the role of the old Shakespearan actor Henry Albertson opposite talented young comic actress Stacy Lynn Baker as Mortima ( in this production aka Mortimer,"The Woman Who Dies" ). The Tribe Productions' 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival 50th Anniversary Revival Production of The Fantasticks earned a Festival Nomination as "Best of Fringe" as well as fine notices in the June 19, 2010 LA Theatre Review.Com / Hollywood Fringe Daily Rag and the July 2, 2010 Los Angeles Budget Theatre Examiner.

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IT VANISHES UNDER THE LIGHT: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist Darryl Maximilian Robinson ( in his Greater Los Angeles Area Stage Debut ) as the old Shakespearean actor Henry Albertson and Stacy Lynn Baker as Mortima ( aka Mortimer, "The Woman Who Dies" ) in the Tribe Productions' 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival 50th Anniversary Revival Production of Tom Jones' and Harvey Schmidt's "THE FANTASTICKS at The Complex Theatre in Los Angeles, Ca. Photo courtesy of The Tribe Productions.

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DON'T TELL ME! I CAN GET IT!: Chicago Joseph Jefferson Citation Award Winner, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Reviewer's Recognition Award Winner, Chicago WKKC Radio Critic's Corner Fine Arts Award Winner, Los Angeles Marcom Masque Theatre Award Nominee, Los Angeles Elate Season Ticket Holder Award Nominee and four-time Chicago Black Theatre Alliance / Ira Aldridge Award Nominee Darryl Maximilian Robinson ( The Founder of the multiracial chamber theatre, The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago ) made his Greater Los Angeles stage debut in the role of the old Shakespearean actor Henry Albertson in The Tribe Productions' 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival 50th Anniversary Revival Production of Tom Jones' and Harvey Schmidt's "THE FANTASTICKS" at The Complex Theatre in Los Angeles, Ca. Photo courtesy of The Tribe Productions.

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A HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY REVIVAL CAST OF TOM JONES' AND HARVEY SCHMIDT'S "THE FANTASTICKS": ( Counter-Clockwise from far left ) Darryl Maximilian Robinson ( in his Greater Los Angeles Area Stage Debut ) as Henry Albertson, holding sword, Stacy Lynn Baker as Mortima ( aka Mortimer, "The Woman Who Dies" ), kneeling, holding dagger, Setareh Khatibi as The Mute , leaning on small box, Christopher Karbo as El Gallo, The Narrator, with foot upon small box, Alissa-Nicole Koblentz as Hucklebee, The Boy's Mother, Michael David as Matt, The Boy, Madison Mitchell as Luisa, The Girl, and Tony Oliver as Bellomy, The Girl's Father. The Tribe Productions' 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival 50th Anniversary Revival Production of Tom Jones' and Harvey Schmidt's "THE FANTASTICKS" was directed by Christopher Chase, with musical direction by Tiffany Oliver that included James Lent on Piano and Alex Sherer on Percussion. Costumes were by Elizabeth Anne Hanley and Rachel Howe served as the show's Production Stage Manager. "THE FANTASTICKS" was presented June 4th through July 11th of 2010 at The Complex Theatre in Los Angeles, Ca. 6470 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, Ca. 90038.

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REHEARSING A MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSIC: Darryl Maximilian Robinson as the old Shakespearean actor Henry Albertson, Setareh Khatibi as The Mute and Stacy Lynn Baker as Mortima ( aka Mortimer, "The Woman Who Dies" ) rehearse a scene from Tom Jones' and Harvey Schmidt's classic romantic musical "THE FANTASTICKS" in May of 2010 at The Complex Theatre in Los Angeles, Ca. Photo courtesy of The Tribe Productions.

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July 2, 2010 Los Angeles Budget Theatre Examiner theatre review of The Tribe Productions' 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival 50th Anniversary Revival Production of Tom Jones' and Harvey Schmidt's "THE FANTASTICKS" by Kyra Oser

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YOUR MOON, SIR!: Christopher Karbo as The Narrator, El Gallo and Darryl Maximilian Robinson as the old Shakespearean actor Henry Albertson in the Tribe Productions' 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival 50th Anniversary Revival Production of Tom Jones' and Harvey Schmidt's "THE FANTASTICKS" at The Complex Theatre in Los Angeles, Ca. Photo courtesy of The Tribe Productions.

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THINK OUT OF THE BOX: Setareh Khatibi as The Mute, Stacy Lynn Baker as Mortima ( aka Mortimer, "The Woman Who Dies " ) and Darryl Maximilian Robinson ( in his Greater Los Angeles stage debut ) as the old Shakespeare actor Henry Albertson in the Tribe Productions' 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival 50th Anniversary Revival Production of Tom Jones' and Harvey Schmidt's "THE FANTASTICKS" at The Complex Theatre in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of The Tribe Productions.

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June 19, 2010 L A Theatre Review.com / Hollywood Fringe Daily Rag theatre review of the Tribe Productions' Hollywood Fringe Festival Revival Production of Tom Jones' and Harvey Schmidt's "THE FANTATISKS" by Bree Long.

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ON THE ROAD TO MISADVENTURE: Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago Founder and Los Angeles-based Theatre Artist Darryl Maximilian Robinson ( in his Greater L A Stage Debut ) as the old Shakespearean actor Henry Albertson, Michael David as Matt and Stacy Lynn Baker as Mortima ( aka Mortimer, "The Woman Who Dies" ) in the Tribe Productions' 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival 50th Anniversary Revival Production of Tom Jones' and Harvey Schmidt's "THE FANTASTICKS" at The Complex Theatre in Los Angeles, Ca. Photo courtesy of The Tribe Productions.

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Original 1960 Off-Broadway Show Logo of Tom Jones' and Harvey Schmidt's "THE FANTASTICKS."