"Artaban, the Other Wise Man, the Musical" is based on Henry Van Dyke’s "The Other Wise Man," a fictional novelette about Artaban, a fourth Wise Man, who intended to caravan with his three magi friends to Jerusalem to find the new born Messiah, offer their gifts, and then return to Persia. Artaban’s gifts—a sapphire, ruby, and pearl—are never delivered to the new born Messiah.
In this beautiful pay-it-forward story that transcends race, religion, and culture, Artaban’s life-long journey of serving people of diverse ethnicities and beliefs is timely for our day. He faces his own doubts, his own broken dreams and abandoned hopes, and becomes the love, forgiveness, and acceptance that he seeks. He learns that every story is a potential tragedy until love returns.
In a constant series of setbacks, Artaban misses his connection with his three magi friends and spends his entire life looking for the Messiah, giving away the jewels in order to save other people’s lives. Artaban feels he is a failure since he never actually met the Messiah face-to-face, until at the end as he is dying, he experiences a vision where he understands that serving others is serving God. "When love serves one, love serves all."
Daniel Carter began crafting this story as a concert in 1994. Since then the concert version has been performed over two dozen times. The musical score has been reconstructed four times in order to produce the stage musical version. Daniel’s own personal experiences through setback, and loss have inspired him to create a pay-it-forward project where a portion of every ticket sold will be donated to a charity which helps the homeless.