Broadway Features and Reviews
Nick Spangler: Musical's Million Dollar Man
By By Broadway Magazine
Nick Spangler had a secret. For months, while performing in the hit musical The Fantastick's at the Snapple Theater Center, Nick knew that he had won the $1 Million prize on the CBS program The Amazing Race with his sister Starr Spangler. Week after week, Nick had to bite his tongue as audiences and fans speculated on the outcome of the Emmy Winning Amazing Race.
"It was tough," Nick tells Broadway.tv in an exclusive interview, while he was rushing on his way to the airport.
" We had an easier job than most. We actually won. It would have been tougher if we would have come in second or third. It was neat trying to make my family think we were out of it before we really where. Plus, it was cool, that me and my sister had such a big secret to share with one another."
Along with his million dollar prize, Nick and Starr also have found themselves thrust into the white hot spotlight of reality celebrity. "We were on Regis and Kelly and CBS Morning show today. I am in a cab right now to the airport. We are going to LA and I will be on the Bonnie Hunt Show. It will be taped tomorrow and will air on Wednesday."
So, how does Nick like the whirlwind and Regis and Kelly and Bonnie and more?
"It was killer," laughs Nick, "I have never done any of those talk shows. It is neat seeing how those shows are slapped together. It is so fast paced. The real deal is very different, my friend. It was really cool."
Fans of the beloved musical The Fantasticks can take solace. Nick has no interest in taking the money and running away from his passion. He looks forward to continuing with The Fantastick's. "It is such a great piece of work," Nick tells Broadway.tv.
So, what does Nick Spangler plan to do with his winnings? Showing the same sound judgment and reason that helped him win the competition, Nick tells Broadway.tv, "You know, when we first won it I was asking myself what I was going to buy. I thought about a motorcycle or a big screen TV or a big computer monitor. But I actually think that I am going to save it and put it on a down payment on an apartment. It is a lot better than throwing money at a landlord every month."
Suddenly propelled into the spotlight, Nick is having a great time. It's fun to keep a secret, but it can also be fun when the secret is revealed. Check out our video interview with Nick before The Amazing Race aired. Can you tell that he was keeping his secret?
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