Fantasticks Actor Spangler Has One in Three Chance at $1 Million on "Amazing Race"

News   Fantasticks Actor Spangler Has One in Three Chance at $1 Million on "Amazing Race"
Nick Spangler, who currently plays Matt eight performances a week in Off-Broadway's The Fantasticks, is in one of three teams competing for $1 million in the Dec. 7 finale of the hit TV series "The Amazing Race."
Nick Spangler
Nick Spangler

Taped earlier this year, the race pitted 11 couples in a sprint around the globe, performing tasks — and facing weekly elimination — along the way. On the Nov. 30 episode, Spangler and his ex-cheerleader sister, Starr, won first place in the Russian leg of the race, making them one of three teams who will reach for a million bucks. Portland, OR, is the final destination. The twentysomethings are up against a middle-aged couple with relationship issues and bumbling college buddies.

"The Amazing Race" finale airs on CBS Dec. 7, 8 PM (ET). Check local listings.

Nick and his sister Starr Spangler
photo by © CBS

In the past nine weeks, the Spangler siblings traveled through Cambodia, Bolivia, India and Kazakhstan. The Spanglers were in first place for six of nine weekly legs of the current edition of the series, tying the series record. In the Nov. 30 episode, Spangler used his New York City subway skills to navigate Moscow's subway system.

Among the more unusual culturally-specific tasks along the way? The Spanglers ate a dish of sheep's buttocks in Almaty, Kazakhstan. For their first-place finishes, the Spanglers have already won prizes including his-and-her electric cars, a WaveRunner, and trips to Belize, St. John, Hawaii and Anguilla.

Spangler's theatre career started at the age of five when he appeared as a Munchkin in a local production of The Wizard of Oz. He continued to pursue musical theatre and attended college at New York University where he performed the leads in Bat Boy: the Musical and The Last Five Years. His other theatre credits include Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Gateway Playhouse), Jean Michael in La Cage aux Folles (Arvada Center) and Matt in The Fantasticks (Casa Manana). His Off-Broadway performance as Matt was recognized with The Theater Hall of Fame's 2008 Elaine and Jerry Orbach Musical Theater Fellowship.


The Fantasticks is now playing in the heart of Times Square at The Snapple Theater Center, located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.

The Fantasticks company also includes Lewis Cleale (Broadway's Monty Python's Spamalot, Amour, Once Upon A Mattress), "No Country for Old Men" actor Gene Jones, John Thomas Waite (Broadway's Dracula, Amadeus), Tom Flagg (Broadway's Will Rogers Follies, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Oklahoma!), Richard Roland (Broadway's Scarlet Pimpernel, Follies, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Margaret Anne Florence ("My Super Ex-Girlfriend"), Steve Routman (The Keen Company's The Conscientious Objector, Awake and Sing! at Arena Stage), Michael Nostrand, (A&E's Emmy Award-winning "Peter Pan," national tours of Jelly's Last Jam, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Jordan Nichols (Tulsa in Gypsy at Westchester Broadway) and Evy Ortiz.

The Fantasticks performance schedule is Mondays at 8 PM, Wednesdays at 2 PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM & 8 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM & 7:15 PM.

Tickets are available by calling the box office at (212) 921-7862 or at (212) 307-4100. Specially-priced $31 student rush tickets are also available by calling or visiting the box office.

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