Off-Broadway's The Fantasticks Turns One; Welcomes Three Stars

News   Off-Broadway's The Fantasticks Turns One; Welcomes Three Stars At the one-year mark, Off-Broadway's The Fantasticks undergoes some cast changes and an addition as Jordan Nichols joins the company, Julie Craig returns and Nick Spangler moves up to the lead, July 30.

The Harvey Schmidt-Tom Jones musical — known for its previous groundbreaking long run — returned to Off-Broadway July 29, 2006 and opened Aug. 23 at the Snapple Theater Center. Jones directed the new staging of the show, which plays in the newly named Jerry Orbach Theater within the two-house venue.

Spangler replaces "American Idol" finalist Anthony Fedorov in the role of Matt. Nichols replaces Spangler in his previous role as The Mute. And Craig — who left the production to play Maria in Barrington Stage's West Side Story — returns to her role as Luisa.

They joins a cast that includes Thomas Bruce (Henry), John Deyle (Hucklebee), Burke Moses (El Gallo), Robert R. Oliver (Mortimer) and Martin Vidnovic as (Bellomy).

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Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' The Fantasticks, according to press notes, "tells the story of a young boy and girl who fall madly in love at the hands of their meddling fathers, but soon grow restless and stray from one another. Will their separation provide a deeper appreciation for the love they once shared or create a permanent gulf between them?" Song titles include "Try to Remember," "Much More" 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.

The Fantasticks cast album was recorded Aug. 22, 2006, and released Nov. 14 on the Ghostlight Records label.

The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.