Sprites Tackled By Giants: Tartaglia's Sprites Live Show Postponed

News   Sprites Tackled By Giants: Tartaglia's Sprites Live Show Postponed Johnny and the Sprites Live—A Spofulous Broadway Concert — the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit starring Avenue Q's John Tartaglia that had been scheduled for Feb. 3 at Town Hall — has been postponed.

John Tartaglia and one of the Sprites
John Tartaglia and one of the Sprites Photo by Disney Channel

The evening, which was to be directed and choreographed by Donna Drake, will be presented some time during the 2008 holiday season, according to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS website.

A posting on the BC/EFA website states, "Due to the excitement surrounding the Superbowl on Sunday, February 3rd pairing two Northeast teams, the Patriots and Giants, Johnny and the Sprites Live will be postponed until the holidays 2008. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."

Johnny and the Sprites Live would have featured Tartaglia and the Sprites performing a mix of songs and stories. Sprites (puppets) Ginger, Basil, Lily and Root were scheduled to "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.

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. For more information visit www.broadwaycares.org.