Avenue Q's Tartaglia Is a Hollywood Square

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23 Jan 2004

John Tartaglia
John Tartaglia

John Tartaglia, who stars as both Princeton and Rod in the hit new musical Avenue Q, will be seen on the syndicated game show "Hollywood Squares."

According to this official website, Tartaglia and his Avenue Q co-star Rod — the closeted gay Republican — are off to Los Angeles this weekend to film a week's worth of "Hollywood Squares" episodes. Tartaglia will miss the Jan. 24 and 25 performances of the puppet-friendly musical; his understudy, Barrett Foa, will step in for him.

Tartaglia is making his Broadway debut in Avenue Q at the Golden Theatre. He appeared in the recent Children of Eden benefit concert 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" and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." Tartaglia will step into the "Broadway Spotlight" April 5 for a solo concert at the Ars Nova Theater.

"Hollywood Squares" is broadcast in the New York City area on WCBS-TV at 7 PM ET; for more information visit www.hollywoodsquares.com. Tartaglia's episodes are expected to air in April.