Jeremiah James Is Fantasticks' New El Gallo May 8
By Adam Hetrick
Jeremiah James takes on the role of the mysterious El Gallo May 8 in the Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks at the Snapple Theatre Center.
James, who succeeds Fantasticks cast member Edward Watts, has appeared as Billy Bigelow in the West End revival of Carousel and earned an L.A. Ovation Award nomination for his work in Crazy for You.
As previously reported, veteran stage and screen actor John Davidson, who appeared as the Boy in the 1964 television presentation of The Fantasticks, will step into the role of Henry, The Old Actor beginning June 1 for a limited, 19-performance run through June 16.
The current cast also includes pop singer Aaron Carter, Matt Leisy (Ghostlight), Bill Bateman (Gypsy; Hello, Dolly!), Heidi Giberson (The Sound of Music), Tom Flagg (Will Rogers Follies, Oklahoma!), Michael Nostrand (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Dan Sharkey (The Music Man, Show Boat), Juliette Trafton (Phantom of the Opera) and Charles West (Show Boat, Cyrano the Musical).
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 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 Tom Jones staged the revival of The Fantasticks, which has choreography by Janet Watson. Terzetto LLC, Pat Flicker Addiss and MARS Theatricals (Amy Danis and Mark Johannes) produce.
The Fantasticks resumed performances Off-Broadway at the Snapple Theater Center's Jerry Orbach Theater June 16, 2008.
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