Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Nick Spangler of The Fantasticks: Could He Win The Amazing Race?

Well, I guess this is shameless of me -- the terrific PR fellow for The Fantasticks told me today that Nick Spangler, who plays Matt, will -- well, you can read the 411:


Now, I'm all for promoting the theatre but gosh, I've got to check in with professional standards. Ah, heck -- this is the theatrosphere! And seriously, how isn't it sweet that the dude who plays Matt in the revival of The Fantasticks -- well, you can read the 411:

"After nine weeks of competition that has brought him to such diverse destinations as Cambodia, Bolivia, India and Kazakhstan, Spangler will be awarded the series’ million dollar prize if he is first to cross the finish line in Portland, Oregon during Sunday’s episode, which airs at 8PM ET on CBS."
And you know what? I don't know if I'd even have the guts to go to Bolivia to win $1 million, never mind any of the rest of it. So here is my salute to Nick -- and, well, maybe the death of reality TV, someday, someday -- and let's give Nick a sincere and total cheer -- and here, then, is the rest of the press release:

Nick Spangler, currently appearing as Matt in the Off Broadway revival of The Fantasticks, will compete in the season finale of The Amazing Race airing this Sunday, December 7, 2008.

Spangler can currently be seen as Matt at all performances of The Fantasticks.

Spangler, who goes on a personal journey through life, loss, adventure and love eight times a week as the young lover in The Fantasticks, is currently the front-runner on the reality competition which chronicles teams on a race around the world, having won six of nine weekly challenges. Along with his sister and teammate Starr, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, the actor has raced through Salvador, Brazil against ten other teams and was the fastest to scale a 240-foot cargo net; hauled fish and unlocked a clue at Angkor Wat that led to victory in Siem Reap, Cambodia; painted a rickshaw and ironed clothes faster than anyone else for a third win in New Delhi, India; braved the Holi Festival and a busy outdoor marketplace in Old Delhi, India; gone head-to-head with rivals in Almaty, Kazakhstan and ate a dish of sheep’s buttocks to secure victory number five; and used his impressive New York City subway skills to navigate Moscow’s subway system.

During the competition, Spangler won six first place finishes, tying the series record. He established a new record during week eight when he won the fifth of those finishes in a row. The Spanglers have already won an amalgam of prizes including his-and-her electric cars, a WaveRunner, and trips to Belize, St. John, Hawaii and Anguilla.

The Fantasticks is a captivating and simple romantic comedy about a boy and girl who fall in love at the hands of their meddling fathers. They’re then separated and forced to confront the harsh realities and hidden dangers of the real world. Having played a record-breaking 17,162 performances in its original run at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village, 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 includes Lewis Cleale (Broadway’s Monty Python’s Spamalot, Amour, Once Upon A Mattress), No Country for Old Men’s 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 as follows: Mondays at 8PM, Wednesdays at 2PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2PM & 8PM, and Sundays at 3PM & 7:15PM. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (212) 921-7862 or Ticketmaster.com at (212) 307-4100. Specially-priced $31 student rush tickets are also available by calling or visiting the box office.

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