Where the Boys Are: Avenue Q's Tartaglia and Spelling Bee's Ferguson Offer Solo Concerts at Joe's Pub

News   Where the Boys Are: Avenue Q's Tartaglia and Spelling Bee's Ferguson Offer Solo Concerts at Joe's Pub
 
John Tartaglia, the Tony-nominated star of Avenue Q, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who can now be seen Off-Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, will offer solo shows at Joe's Pub Jan. 24.

John Tartaglia
John Tartaglia Photo by Morgan Allen

Tartaglia kicks off the evening at 7 PM, reprising his critically acclaimed concert, "AD-LIBerty," which features direction by Alan Muraoka and choreography by Jamie Harris. Tartaglia's act boasts guest appearances by Avenue Q's Jennifer Barnhart as well as Gaelen Gilliland, Karl Christian and Lucas Steele. Song titles include "This Plum Is Too Ripe," "YMCA" and "Taylor, the Latte Boy." (Tartaglia will also perform his concert act at Joe's Pub Feb. 4 at 7 PM.).

Ferguson's concert, scheduled for 9:30 PM, will be directed by Jason Eagan with musical direction by Mary Mitchell Campbell. The program features songs by composers William Finn and Michael John LaChiusa. Cabaretgoers can expect to hear such tunes as "Songbook," "Fraud," "Gordon's Law of Genetics," "90 Year Old Man"/"I Ran," "Mark's All Male Thanksgiving," "Marriage Proposal," "Woe Is Me," "My Dogs," "There Will Be a Miracle," "Republicans," "Christian Thing to Do," "Stupid Things I Won't Do" and "Little Fish."

John Tartaglia is currently making his Broadway debut in Avenue Q. He received a Tony nomination, a Theatre World Award and the Clarence Derwent Award for that performance. The young 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 recently 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 is scheduled for Jan. 30.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson appeared on Broadway in the Public Theater's revival of On the Town. His other theatrical credits include Where Do We Live, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Little Fish, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and newyorkers as well as the City Center Encores! production of Hair. Ferguson's screen credits include "Absolutely Fabulous," "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal," "Ordinary Sinner" and "Mercury in Retrograde."

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

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