Historic theater hosts production of The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks, described by theater buffs as the quintessential celebration of love in all its wonderful simplicity and heartbreaking complexities, will be presented by the Murray Arts Council April 4-9 at the historic Murray Theater, 4949 South State. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. nightly, or may be obtained at the Karaoke Shop at Day Murray Music. 4914 South State Street All seats are $10.

The show, which ran for 42 years on Broadway before closing in 2002 and revived in 2006 continues to delight audiences. It features two meddlingsmall-town fathers scheming to bring their children together. They succeed, in part, with assistance from the mysterious El Gallo, who also narrates the story. But complications arise. The tale is told through a magnificent score by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, featuring such memorable music as “Try to Remember (the Kind of September)” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”

In the Murray production, directed by J. Russell Johnson, three of the performers are reprising roles they played at Kearns and Taylorsville High Schools some two decades ago. They are Ned Searle, the Girl’s father; John Holmgren, the Boy’s father; and Dale

Boam, Mortimer, the Man Who Dies in a hilarious scene.
El Gallo is played by Tim Frost. Jackie Jensen is the Girl. Nick Crapo, the Boy. Adam Griffiths performed as The Mute, and Lance Hansen is the Old Actor.

Accompanists are In the Murray production, directed by J. Russell Johnson, three of the performers are reprising roles they played at Kearns and Taylorsville High Schools some two decades ago. They are Ned Searle, the Girl’s father; John Holmgren, the Boy’s father; and Dale Boam, Mortimer, the Man Who Dies in a hilarious scene.

El Gallo is played by Tim Frost. Jackie Jensen is the Girl. Nick Crapo, the Boy. Adam Griffiths performed as The Mute, and Lance Hansen is the Old Actor. Accompanists are Rachel Carpenter, keyboard, and Larry White, drums. Kandee Allen is the choreographer.

The Historic Murray Theater was for many decades a movie destination. It has now been remodeled and features a dance floor and is a perfect “black box” theater where productions such as The Fantsticks thrive. Seating is limited to about 250.