Producers of the long-running Off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks have announced that pop singer Aaron Carter has extended his contract with the production for a fourth time into 2013.
Carter, who portrays Matt, joined The Fantasticks Nov. 7, 2011. He has previously been seen on Broadway in Seussical and as a 2009 contestant on "Dancing With the Stars." He will now continue with the production through Jan. 27, 2013. A new block of tickets is currently on sale.
The principal cast also features Ron Bohmer (Ragtime, A Little Night Music) and Addi McDaniel (Little House on the Prairie) as Luisa.
Completing the cast are MacIntyre Dixon (Cyrano de Bergerac, Gypsy), Bill Bateman (Gypsy; Hello, Dolly!), Tom Flagg (Will Rogers Follies, How To Succeed...), Matt Leisy (The History Boys), Michael Nostrand (Jelly's Last Jam, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Dan Sharkey (The Music Man, Show Boat) and Scott Willis (Annie, State Fair, Crazy For You).
The Fantasticks is the world's longest-running musical, having played a record-breaking run of more than 17,000 performances in Greenwich Village. Harvey Schmidt wrote the music, and Tom Jones penned the book and lyrics.
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.
Book writer and lyricist Jones staged the revival of The Fantasticks, which has choreography by Janet Watson. Terzetto LLC: Catherine Russell, Pat Flicker Addiss and Al Parinello produce.
The Fantasticks resumed performances Off-Broadway at the Snapple Theater Center's Jerry Orbach Theater June 16, 2008.
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