The Fantasticks

Near West Theatre

Cleveland, OH (Gordon Square)
Community Theatre

Book and Lyrics By Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
The musical is suggested by a play Les Romanesque by Edmond Rostand.

June 17 - June 26, 2022

Show Description:

A boy, a girl, two parents, and a wall. The Fantasticks, known for its simplicity and intimate staging, is perfect for NWT’s first-ever black box production. Neighbors Luisa & Matt are determinedly in love but kept apart by a wall built by their seemingly discontented parents. Little do they know, “to manipulate children, you merely say ‘no.’” Featuring musical theatre repertoire classics like “Try To Remember” and “They Were You,” which transport us back in time yet toward the universal, timeless notions about the journey of love.

Read the Cleveland Stage Alliance Review by Whitney Miller.

Staff and Cast

Director: Darius Stubbs
Musical Director:
Heidi Herczeg

Carlos Cruz - El Gallo
Sarah Farris - Luisa
Oscar Waters IV - Matt
Jabri Johnson - Hucklebee
Kevin Kelly - Henry
Roman Novosel - Mortimer
Mack van Lier - The Mute
Stephen Berg - Bellomy


7:30pm Fridays
7:30pm Saturdays
2pm Sundays

Runtime: 2h (includes 10m intermission)


$15 or Pay What You Can

(216) 961-6391

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Health and Safety Guidelines


Tickets are emailed to patrons to limit the buildup of traffic in our entryway. Tickets can be presented on a cellphone from a confirmation email or they can be printed at home. For patrons that cannot access either of these options, we will be able to look up your tickets at the Box Office.

Please have your tickets ready and on hand when arriving at the doors of the theatre. Patrons should arrive with their whole group, ready to be seated.

There is a 10-minute intermission for the audience to use the restrooms and head outside to our patio for fresh air.

There will be no concessions operations during performance runs. Near West Theatre will communicate updates via text messaging and emails. Please be sure to add to your email contacts to make sure you do not miss any important announcements.


All individuals are required to wear masks, properly covering their mouth and nose at all times, regardless of vaccination status. Cloth, surgical, and KN95 masks are all accepted. Masks with exhalation valves, bandanas, scarves, and gaiters are not permitted. Surgical masks are available free of charge at the box office.


MAINSTAGE: NWT will remove the mainstage balcony seating for the social distancing of musicians, but otherwise, the house will remain at full capacity. Reserved seating is available.

BLACK BOX: Seating is general admission, as opposed to reserved seating. This is a new intimate space so seating is limited.


Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or is exhibiting symptoms or feeling ill, is asked to stay home. Arrangements can be made with Near West Theatre for an alternate date or refund.

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Near West Theatre has endured significant financial loss due to the cancellation of live performances since March of 2020. If able, you are invited to make an additional donation when you purchase your tickets to a show, or you can give here. Your support enables us to keep ticket pricing low for all members of our community.

Content Advisories

This production has no content advisories.


Near West Theatre
6702 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102