Disney Channel to Offer "Johnny and the Sprites" with Q's Tartaglia

News   Disney Channel to Offer "Johnny and the Sprites" with Q's Tartaglia A new television series for former Avenue Q star John Tartaglia is in the works.
John Tartaglia
John Tartaglia

TV Guide reports that the Disney Channel will offer "Johnny and the Sprites" some time in 2006. The TV tome says that the show is a "musical fantasy series" created especially for the award-winning actor-puppeteer. The series, Playbill.com has learned, was created by Tartaglia along with Michael Schupbach, Daryl Watson, Jill Gluckson and Louise Gikow. The actor will star as himself along with puppet characters designed by Michael Schupbach and Three Design Studios.

Tartaglia, who will likely repeat his roles as Rod and Princeton in the Las Vegas company of Avenue Q, is also at work on a new concert act. On his official website, the young actor writes, "This July 4th will be the absolute last performance of John Tartaglia Ad-LIBerty at Joe's Pub. It's been almost a year and luckily, been very successful. I'm currently working on a brand-new show that will premiere sooner than later."

John Tartaglia made his Broadway debut in Avenue Q. He received a Tony nomination, a Theatre World Award and the Clarence Derwent Award for that performance. The singer-actor also appeared in the Children of Eden and Hair benefit concerts and in the City Center Encores! presentation of Carnival. His TV credits include eight seasons on "Sesame Street" as well as "Animal Jam," "Bear in the Big Blue House," "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." Tartaglia was also seen in the Empty-Handed concerts at the Lucille Lortel Theatre and has performed solo evenings at the Ars Nova and Joe's Pub. His final performance in Avenue Q was Jan. 30.

Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. Tickets for Tartaglia's July 4 concert are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.