Triple-platinum recording artist Aaron Carter is scheduled to complete his run as Matt in The Fantasticks today, October 21, 2012.
Carter burst onto the pop music scene in the late nineties and quickly achieved worldwide superstardom and the adoration of millions of loyal fans, selling more than 30 million records. In The Fantasticks, he plays the role of Matt, a rebellious young romantic who becomes restless, goes out into the world and discovers that with love comes responsibility, with independence comes danger, and with maturity comes happiness.
A modern twist on Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks (music by Harvey Schmidt, book/lyrics/direction by Tom Jones) is the quintessential story of a boyfriend and girlfriend who quickly grow apart when they realize they want to experience the world. What follows is a hilarious and heartwarming story appropriate for all ages. The score, which includes the hit songs “Try To Remember”, “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” and “They Were You”, is as timeless as the story itself. Having run for 42 years in its original production at theSullivan Street Playhouse, The Fantasticks is the world’s longest-running musical.
The Fantasticks cast also includes legendary television, film and stage performer John Davidson, who played Aaron’s role in the 1964 HallMark Hall of Fame television version of The Fantasticks, Jeremiah James (Billy Bigelow in the West End revival of Carousel) Bill Bateman (Broadway’s Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, Hello, Dolly!), Michael Nostrand (A&E’s Emmy Award-winning Peter Pan, national tours of Jelly’s Last Jam, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Dan Sharkey (Broadway’s The Music Man, Show Boat) andJuliette Trafton (Christine in the national tour of Phantom of the Opera.
The Fantasticks plays at The Jerry Orbach Theater in the Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street at Broadway.