Originally scheduled for Dec. 17 at Off-Broadway's Little Shubert Theater, the family-friendly holiday event will now be presented in February 2008, according to the official BC/EFA website. A new date will be announced shortly.
The evening, based on Tartaglia's Disney Channel show, is billed as "a holiday-themed evening of songs and scenes featuring faces familiar to fans of the popular TV show." Tartaglia will be on stage with his "Sprites" (puppets) Basil, Ginger, Lily and Root and "special guest stars from the worlds of Broadway, TV, and film." Donna Drake directs and choreographs. Composer Stephen Schwartz was scheduled to be part of the Dec. 17 performance.
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" 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.
Tickets ($65) to Johnny and the Sprites Live – A Magical Holiday at the Little Shubert, 422 West 42nd Street, are available through broadwaycares.org.