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By Joseph C. Koenenn and Joseph C. Koenenn,Newsday | September 9, 1994
"We've been doing power lunches for years, a lot of awfully big lunches," Tom Jones said the other day. The subject matter: translating to film "The Fantasticks," that small musical that became a big hit 34 years ago.The lunches involved Mr. Jones, his writing partner Harvey Schmidt and whatever power in Hollywood was excited about the project at the moment. "Paramount got really interested, with Gower Champion directing," Mr. Jones said. "We spent a lot of time touring Italy looking for locations, but it didn't happen.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Infinity Theatre continues to add sparkle to summer theater in Anne Arundel County, as the current show offered by co-producers Alan Ostroff and Anna Roberts Ostroff offers audiences an "adventure of marriage that is built upon the magical spell of young love. " The musical "I Do! I Do!" celebrates 50 years of a couple's marriage. The show was written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, the same pair who authored "The Fantasticks," which was Infinity's first show and starred Anna and Alan Ostroff as young lovers.
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By LYN DEAN | January 11, 1993
One of my all-time favorite musicals is being performed for three weekends in April, and if I could sing worth a darn I'd audition for it -- albeit I'm a little old to play the ingenue. The show is "The Fantasticks," being presented by the Other Little Theatre at the Annapolis Naval Station Theater. Auditions began last night and will continue at 7 tonight, Wednesday and Thursday at the theater.There are roles for a leading male baritone, a leading male tenor, a leading female mezzo soprano, four second male leads and two nonsinging roles.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
If life and love were easy, we wouldn't have theater. Few stage works get so quickly, so simply to the hard truths about growing up and getting by as "The Fantasticks," the musical that opened off-Broadway in 1960 and ran for a record-setting 42 years.  Once in a while, it's nice to remember how we all have to go through complication, disappointment and disillusionment in the process of gaining a taste of something like wisdom. That's what this modest little show does so well.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer | April 16, 1993
"It's hard to be in the military and be interested in theater," begins the Other Little Theatre's description of itself in its printed program. "Watch schedules, temporary duty assignments and sudden relocations can play havoc with rehearsal schedules."It's all by way of explaining how four military Thespians who once were stationed at a U.S. Navy base in Rota, Spain, came to form their own theater company in Annapolis."We're military. We don't have a year to work our way into a part with a local company," explains Cecilia Young, whose husband is on active duty in the Navy.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2008
The Fantasticks , off-Broadway's longest-running musical (1960-2002). Its simple boy-girl story is a twist on Romeo and Juliet, with their scheming mothers pretending to be feuding neighbors who oppose their children's having a romantic relationship to ensure that they'll actually have one. The innocent teenagers fall in love to provide a moonlit happy ending in Act 1 and find problems when the sun rises in Act 2. Instead of getting married, they go...
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 3, 1998
What can you say about "The Fantasticks" that hasn't already been said?The Tom Jones-Harvey Schmidt musical fable about parents, children and the wisdom of the heart has been packing them in nightly at Manhattan's Sullivan Street Playhouse for more than 36 years.Any why not? It's message is timeless, and the score, peppered with such wonderful songs as "Try to Remember," "They Were You" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," is always a delight.You can enjoy a production of one of the longest-running shows ever this month at the Bowie Playhouse in Whitemarsh Park just across the Anne Arundel County line, where 2nd Star Productions is giving it a run. If bright, engaging performances are your thing, 2nd Star won't disappoint you.It's the dynamic young lovers who make "The Fantasticks" go, and 2nd Star provides us with a wonderful couple.
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By Karin Remesch | April 19, 1999
Howard County Summer Theatre. Silver anniversary production, "Hello, Dolly!" 7 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. April 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1 at Mount Hebron High School, St. John's Lane and Route 99, Ellicott City. Take music and be prepared to sing. Call 410-465-8623.F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre. Replacement auditions for "Pageant." Replacements needed for Miss West Coast and the "Bert Parks"-style master of ceremonies. 7: 30 p.m. April 27 at the theater, 100 E. Chesapeake Ave. Call 410-321-6595.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Infinity Theatre continues to add sparkle to summer theater in Anne Arundel County, as the current show offered by co-producers Alan Ostroff and Anna Roberts Ostroff offers audiences an "adventure of marriage that is built upon the magical spell of young love. " The musical "I Do! I Do!" celebrates 50 years of a couple's marriage. The show was written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, the same pair who authored "The Fantasticks," which was Infinity's first show and starred Anna and Alan Ostroff as young lovers.
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By Mike Giuliano | December 7, 2011
Try to remember "The Fantasticks" and you're likely to start humming its most famous song, "Try to Remember. " You're also likely to recall that its boy-meets-girl plot is so simple and sweet that it verges on seeming like a fairy tale. That storybook quality is nicely conveyed by the production at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre. Although this musical's insistent cuteness may strike some of us as the theatrical equivalent of eating too much candy, there's no denying the show's enduring popularity.
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By Mike Giuliano | December 7, 2011
Try to remember "The Fantasticks" and you're likely to start humming its most famous song, "Try to Remember. " You're also likely to recall that its boy-meets-girl plot is so simple and sweet that it verges on seeming like a fairy tale. That storybook quality is nicely conveyed by the production at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre. Although this musical's insistent cuteness may strike some of us as the theatrical equivalent of eating too much candy, there's no denying the show's enduring popularity.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2008
The Fantasticks , off-Broadway's longest-running musical (1960-2002). Its simple boy-girl story is a twist on Romeo and Juliet, with their scheming mothers pretending to be feuding neighbors who oppose their children's having a romantic relationship to ensure that they'll actually have one. The innocent teenagers fall in love to provide a moonlit happy ending in Act 1 and find problems when the sun rises in Act 2. Instead of getting married, they go...
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By Karin Remesch | April 19, 1999
Howard County Summer Theatre. Silver anniversary production, "Hello, Dolly!" 7 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. April 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1 at Mount Hebron High School, St. John's Lane and Route 99, Ellicott City. Take music and be prepared to sing. Call 410-465-8623.F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre. Replacement auditions for "Pageant." Replacements needed for Miss West Coast and the "Bert Parks"-style master of ceremonies. 7: 30 p.m. April 27 at the theater, 100 E. Chesapeake Ave. Call 410-321-6595.
NEWS
By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 3, 1998
What can you say about "The Fantasticks" that hasn't already been said?The Tom Jones-Harvey Schmidt musical fable about parents, children and the wisdom of the heart has been packing them in nightly at Manhattan's Sullivan Street Playhouse for more than 36 years.Any why not? It's message is timeless, and the score, peppered with such wonderful songs as "Try to Remember," "They Were You" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," is always a delight.You can enjoy a production of one of the longest-running shows ever this month at the Bowie Playhouse in Whitemarsh Park just across the Anne Arundel County line, where 2nd Star Productions is giving it a run. If bright, engaging performances are your thing, 2nd Star won't disappoint you.It's the dynamic young lovers who make "The Fantasticks" go, and 2nd Star provides us with a wonderful couple.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | July 26, 1998
EAST HADDAM, Conn. - You might think that Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones are spending their golden years rocking on a porch somewhere, racking up royalties.After all, this is the team - Schmidt is the composer and Jones, the lyricist - who wrote the world's longest-running musical, "The Fantasticks," currently in its 39th year at off-Broadway's Sullivan Street Playhouse.Now 69 and 70 respectively, Schmidt and Jones may indeed be hanging out on a porch, but it's the porch of the GoodspeedOpera House, Connecticut's small, jewel box of a theater dedicated to restoring old musicals and creating new ones.
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By Joseph C. Koenenn and Joseph C. Koenenn,Newsday | September 9, 1994
"We've been doing power lunches for years, a lot of awfully big lunches," Tom Jones said the other day. The subject matter: translating to film "The Fantasticks," that small musical that became a big hit 34 years ago.The lunches involved Mr. Jones, his writing partner Harvey Schmidt and whatever power in Hollywood was excited about the project at the moment. "Paramount got really interested, with Gower Champion directing," Mr. Jones said. "We spent a lot of time touring Italy looking for locations, but it didn't happen.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
If life and love were easy, we wouldn't have theater. Few stage works get so quickly, so simply to the hard truths about growing up and getting by as "The Fantasticks," the musical that opened off-Broadway in 1960 and ran for a record-setting 42 years.  Once in a while, it's nice to remember how we all have to go through complication, disappointment and disillusionment in the process of gaining a taste of something like wisdom. That's what this modest little show does so well.
FEATURES
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | July 26, 1998
EAST HADDAM, Conn. - You might think that Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones are spending their golden years rocking on a porch somewhere, racking up royalties.After all, this is the team - Schmidt is the composer and Jones, the lyricist - who wrote the world's longest-running musical, "The Fantasticks," currently in its 39th year at off-Broadway's Sullivan Street Playhouse.Now 69 and 70 respectively, Schmidt and Jones may indeed be hanging out on a porch, but it's the porch of the GoodspeedOpera House, Connecticut's small, jewel box of a theater dedicated to restoring old musicals and creating new ones.
NEWS
By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer | April 16, 1993
"It's hard to be in the military and be interested in theater," begins the Other Little Theatre's description of itself in its printed program. "Watch schedules, temporary duty assignments and sudden relocations can play havoc with rehearsal schedules."It's all by way of explaining how four military Thespians who once were stationed at a U.S. Navy base in Rota, Spain, came to form their own theater company in Annapolis."We're military. We don't have a year to work our way into a part with a local company," explains Cecilia Young, whose husband is on active duty in the Navy.
NEWS
By LYN DEAN | January 11, 1993
One of my all-time favorite musicals is being performed for three weekends in April, and if I could sing worth a darn I'd audition for it -- albeit I'm a little old to play the ingenue. The show is "The Fantasticks," being presented by the Other Little Theatre at the Annapolis Naval Station Theater. Auditions began last night and will continue at 7 tonight, Wednesday and Thursday at the theater.There are roles for a leading male baritone, a leading male tenor, a leading female mezzo soprano, four second male leads and two nonsinging roles.
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