Avenue Q's Tartaglia to Greet "Sprites" Fans Jan. 19 and 20 in Manhattan

News   Avenue Q's Tartaglia to Greet "Sprites" Fans Jan. 19 and 20 in Manhattan
 
To promote his Feb. 3 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit concert at Town Hall — Johnny and the Sprites Live — A Spofulous Broadway Concert — former Avenue Q star John Tartaglia will make appearances at the World of Disney New York City store Jan. 19 and 20.
John Tartaglia and one of the Sprites
John Tartaglia and one of the Sprites Photo by Disney Channel

Tartaglia, who stars in Disney Channel's "Johnny and the Sprites," will be joined by his "Sprite" puppet pal Root at the in-store appeearances, which are scheduled for Jan. 19 at 11 and 2 PM and Jan. 20 at 11:30 and 2 PM.

The events at the Disney store will include a mini-performance, a meet-and-greet session with fans and a chance for a photo opportunity with Tartaglia and Root.

The World of Disney New York City store is located on the corner of 5th Avenue and 55th Street at 711 Fifth Avenue. Because there is limited seating, guests will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Johnny and the Sprites Live — A Spofulous Broadway Concert, will be presented Feb. 3 at Town Hall on West 43rd Street. Show time is 5 PM. The evening — directed and choreographed by Donna Drake — will feature Tartaglia and the Sprites performing a mix of songs and stories. Audiences can expect to see Sprites (puppets) Ginger, Basil, Lily and Root, who will "be on hand to sing, dance, and celebrate in a most 'spofulous' way," according to press notes. Spofulous, it should be noted, is a Sprite term that means fabulous.

Following the BC/EFA fundraiser, Tartaglia and his Sprite friends will be on hand to sign autographs and take pictures.

Tartaglia made his Broadway debut in Avenue Q (earning a Tony Award nomination for his work) and returned to Broadway to play Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. He has also appeared on stage in concert versions of Children of Eden and Hair as well as Carnival for City Center Encores!

The live-action "Johnny and the Sprites" — seen on the Disney Channel — is set in "a beautiful, enchanted world of whimsy where Johnny and his friends, the Sprites: Ginger, Basil, Lily and Root, sing, have fun and learn valuable life lessons about getting along together, solving problems and respecting the world around them," according to show notes.

Town Hall is located in Manhattan at 123 West 43rd Street.

Tickets, priced $40-$100, are available by visiting www.broadwaycares.org. Groups of 20 or more can receive a 15 percent discount by calling (212) 840-0770.

For more information visit www.broadwaycares.org.

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