John Tartalgia Will Repeat Avenue Q Duties in Las Vegas Show

News   John Tartalgia Will Repeat Avenue Q Duties in Las Vegas Show
 
John Tartaglia, who played Princeton, Rod and other puppet characters in the original New York production of Avenue Q, will repeat his work in the Las Vegas mounting of Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical at the Wynn Las Vegas resort.

John Tartaglia in Avenue Q
John Tartaglia in Avenue Q Photo by Carol Rosegg

Tartaglia announced his involvement on a Norwegian Dawn cruise ship currently touring the eastern seaboard. The actor is performing his new solo show AD-LIBerty on the vessel.

He also said that he recently signed a deal to co-create and star in a new series for the Disney Channel.

Performances of the Las Vegas Avenue Q begin Aug. 27 and, starting Sept. 3, will play a 10-show-per-week schedule (with two dark nights). The curtain will rise twice a night at 6:30 PM and 10 PM.

The puppet and people-populated musical — which recouped its initial Broadway investment last year — currently plays at the John Golden Theatre.

The 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Avenue Q sends up popular children's television shows such as "Sesame Street" and "The Electric Company," while serving up a bounty of pop culture references. The production bears the warning: "Full puppet nudity, not suitable for children."

The show's creators Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx earned a Tony for their score as did bookwriter Jeff Whitty and the musical itself garnered the top prize as Best Musical at the 2004 Tony Awards. Jason Moore (Steel Magnolias) directed with musical direction by Gary Adler (Altar Boyz).

Tickets for Avenue Q at the Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South in Las Vegas, NV are available by phone or online at (702) 770-7000, toll free (888) 320 7123 or www.wynnlasvegas.com and www.ticketmaster.com/wynnlasvegas.

Avenue Q plays on Broadway at the Golden Theatre, 252 West 45 Street. For more information on the show, visit www.avenueq.com.

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