Cleale, Morgan, Nichols and Spangler to Depart The Fantasticks Cast

News   Cleale, Morgan, Nichols and Spangler to Depart The Fantasticks Cast The Off-Broadway revival of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's The Fantasticks will bid farewell to four of its cast members in March.
Nick Spangler
Nick Spangler

Actors Betsy Morgan and Jordan Nichols, who play Luisa and the Mute, respectively, will depart The Fantasticks March 8. "Amazing Race" winner Nick Spangler, who portrays Matt, will exit the production March 29. Lewis Cleale will also play his final performance as El Gallo in March at a date to be announced.

Replacements for Morgan, Spangler, Cleale and Nichols will be announced shortly.

The current cast of The Fantasticks also includes Tom Flagg, Gene Jones, Michael Nostrand, Evy Ortiz, Steve Routman, John Thomas Waite and Scott Willis.

Book writer and lyricist Tom Jones staged the revival of The Fantasticks, which has choreography by Janet Watson and musical direction by Robert Felstein.

The Fantasticks resumed performances Off-Broadway at the Snapple Theater Center's Jerry Orbach Theater June 16. The musical 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.

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