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A musical loosely based on the play "The Romancers" by Edmond Rostand; the show's original off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years, making it the world's longest-running musical.

Story: Matt and Luisa fall in love when their fathers build a wall and pretend to feud. But once the parents put an end to the feud and allow the children to be together, Luisa and Matt decide to go their own ways to seek out their fortunes. In the end, after learning many valuable lessons, they come together to start a newer, more mature love.

Cast and Creative Team

Composer: Harvey Schmidt
Lyricist and Librettist: Tom Jones

Off-Broadway Premiere
Theatre: Sullivan Street Playhouse
Opening Night: May 3, 1960
Total Performances: 17,162
Original Cast: Jerry Orbach, Rita Gardner, Kenneth Nelson, William Larson, Hugh Thomas, Tom Jones, George Curley, and Richard Stauffer
Director: Word Baker

Off-Broadway Revival
Theatre: Snapple Theater Center, Jerry Orbach Theatre
Opening Night: Aug 23, 2006
Total Performances: Still running
Original Cast: Burke Moses, Leo Burmester, Martin Vidnovic, Santino Fontana, Sara Jean Ford, Thomas Bruce
Director: Tom Jones
Scenic and Costume Designer: Ed Wittstein
Lighting Designer: Mary Jo Dondlinger

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