Broadway and television actor/singer Bart Shatto has been cast as Fair Oaks police detective Nick Callahan, father of 11-year-old Tara Callahan, in the upcoming concert performance of Tara Tremendous The Musical at Feinstein’s/54 Below on March 28, 2017.
“Bart is an incredibly talented performer and we are thrilled to have him join us on this musical adventure,” said Stewart St John, creator of the Tara Tremendous franchise. “He perfectly captures the heart and soul of Nick Callahan, a hardworking and super decent guy who is hands down the single most important person in Tara’s life.”
“Nick is a single dad and has instilled in Tara a strong moral compass that serves her well when she inherits the powers of every superhero in the world,” shared Todd Fisher, co-founder of Wonkybot Studios.
“We can’t wait to see Bart and MiMi Ryder (Matilda The Musical), who’s playing Tara, singing on stage together,” added Michael Plahuta, co-founder of Wonkybot Studios and co-composer (with St John) of the songs and music in Tara Tremendous. “It’s going to be magic.”
Following the concert Bart will lend his voice to the Tara Tremendous Cast Album produced by Fisher, St John, Plahuta and ©GRAMMY Award-Winner Van Dean, to be released on Dean’s Broadway Records.
Shatto has been featured in both original Broadway casts of Tony-nominated “Hands on a Hardbody”, Tony-nominated “The Civil War” and “Dracula” (originating the role of Texan Quincey Morris). He also played the iconic role of Jean Valjean in both National Tour and Broadway casts of “Les Miserables”. National Tour credits include: “Cats” (Gus/Growltiger), “The Civil War “(1st National w/Larry Gatlin and John Schneider) and “Les Miserables”.
Shatto can also be heard as the voice of “Gaspard’s Papa” in the animated series for Disney Jr. “Gaspard and Lisa”. Other Television credits include: “Chicago Med”, “Ghost Stories” and “Guiding Light”. Shatto’s solo show “Back to Broadway: Heroes, Villains and Dreamers” will be produced at Feinsteins/54 Below later this year.
Tara Tremendous The Musical tells the origin story of 11-year-old Tara Callahan who goes from ordinary to extraordinary overnight when she accidentally inherits the powers of every superhero in the world. The musical features songs by the musical team of Stewart St John and Michael Plahuta. It was adapted for the stage by St John, also a screenwriter and director, based on his #1 iTunes podcast series The Secret Diaries of Tara Tremendous. The musical concert performance at Feinstein’s/54 Below is the first stop for Tara Tremendous.