"Much More": Aaron Carter Extends Fantasticks Run Into October
By Adam Hetrick
Pop singer Aaron Carter has extended his engagement in the Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks for a third time, through Oct. 21, producers announced Aug. 1.
Carter 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,"
The Fantasticks currently boasts veteran actor John Davidson (State Fair, Oklahoma!, "The Happiest Millionaire," "Hollywood Squares") as Henry, The Old Actor, through Sept. 2.
The current cast also features Jeremiah James (Carousel), Bill Bateman (Gypsy, Hello, Dolly!), Tom Flagg (Will Rogers Follies, How To Succeed...), Jeremy Greenbaum (Preface), Matt Leisy (The History Boys), Addi McDaniel (Little House on the Prairie), Michael Nostrand (Jelly's Last Jam, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Dan Sharkey (The Music Man, Show Boat), Juliette Trafton (Phantom of the Opera) 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, 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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