The Fantasticks
Jun 5th, 2009 - Jul 26th, 2009
book and lyrics by Tom Jones
music by Harvey Schmidt
Musical Direction by Charlie Reuter
Choreographer by Colleen Kollar Smith
Directed by Deborah Gilmour Smyth
El Gallo Mauricio Mendoza
The Mute Joyelle Cabato
Matt Steve Limones
Luisa Courtney Fero
Bellomy Antonio Johnson
Mortimer Bryan Barbarin
Understudy for Matt Jesse Abeel
Understudy for El Gallo Patrick J. Duffy
Henry Robert Smyth
Hucklebee John Rosen
Scenic Design Mike Buckley
Costume Design Jeanne Reith
Lighting Design Nathan Peirson
Sound Design Patrick J. Duffy
Sound Design Robin Whitehouse
Properties Design Cecelia Church
Production Stage Manager Maria Mangiavellano
Music Consultant Jon Lorenz
"Lamb's Players Theatre and director Deborah Gilmour Smyth deserve endless credit for turning this fluffball into something more like a fine souffle. It all comes together with imagination and loopy passion!"
- James Hebert ( San Diego Union-Tribune )
"Delightful! Fluid and lively direction with a more edgy, contemporary sound. It's easy to see why this musical lasted so long!"
- Jennifer Chung ( )
"Lovely! Lamb's Players wisely keeps it simple and maintains all the magic, though they’ve jazzed up the score. There’s even a rap number, which is a hoot. The band is superb. As the young lovers, Courtney Evans and Steve Limones are charming. John Rosen and Antonio "T.J." Johnson are very vaudevillian, having one heckuva time. Robert Smyth gives a virtuoso performance, a hilarious turn, nicely complemented by Bryan Barbarin as his goofy henchman. Mauricio Mendoza looks picture-perfect as El Gallo, and Joyelle Cabato actually gets to sing a bit at the end, which is pretty good for a Mute. This is the ideal summer show: lilting, musical, light with a little undertone of darkness and with something to say. DON'T MISS IT!"
- Pat Laurner ( San Diego News Network )