The Fantasticks to Ring NASDAQ Closing Bell Aug. 19

News   The Fantasticks to Ring NASDAQ Closing Bell Aug. 19 Fantasticks co-creator Tom Jones and the musical's young lovers, Nick Spangler and Margaret Anne Florence, will preside over the closing bell of the NASDAQ Stock Market on Aug. 19.

Jones, who penned book and lyrics for the record-breaking musical, and directs the current Off-Broadway revival, joins Spangler (Matt) and Florence (Luisa) in ringing the closing bell at 4 PM.

"As one of the great New York City theatre traditions, The Fantasticks' appearance at the stock exchange is quite fitting and exciting," producer Catherine Russell said in a statement. "We are happy to ring the closing bell in the city The Fantasticks has called home for 48 years."

The current Off-Broadway company also features Dennis Parlato as El Gallo, with Tom Flagg, Gene Jones, Michael Nostrand, Jordan Nichols, Evy Ortiz, Steve Routman and John Thomas Waite.

Janet Watson serves as choreographer for the production with musical direction by Robert Felstein.

The musical resumed performances Off-Broadway at the Snapple Theater Center's Jerry Orbach Theater June 16. The Fantasticks began a winter hiatus Feb. 24, following 27 previews and 628 regular performances at the Orbach Theater. The Fantasticks, according to press notes "is a captivating and simple love story about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. The audience uses its imagination to follow El Gallo as he creates a world of moonlight and magic, and then pain and disillusionment, until the boy and girl find their way back to one other." Songs from the popular musical include "Try to Remember," "They Were You," "Much More," "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "I Can See It."

The Fantasticks is the world's longest-running musical, having played a record-breaking run of more than 17,000 performances in Greenwich Village. The Fantasticks originally opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in May 1960 and closed Jan. 13, 2002. The original company included Wedding Singer star Rita Gardner and the late Jerry Orbach. Harvey Schmidt wrote the music, and Tom Jones penned the book and lyrics. Word Baker directed the original Off-Broadway company.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com or by calling (212) 307-4100. The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.