John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean Ends Off-Broadway Run Sept. 4 Prior to National Tour

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04 Sep 2011

Dorsel (left) and John Tartaglia
Dorsel (left) and John Tartaglia
Photo by Aaron Epstein

John Tartaglia's kid-friendly ImaginOcean plays its final performance at New World Stages Sept. 4 at noon prior to a 30-city national tour that will include stops in Los Angeles, Memphis, Tampa, Detroit and Austin.

First stop on the tour is Oct. 7 at the Jasper Arts Center in Jasper, IN, followed by performances in Terre Haute, IN; Detroit, MI; New Philadelphia, OH; and Madison, WI. For a complete tour schedule through March 2012, with performances/cities being added every week, visit www.imaginoceanthemusical.com.

Tartaglia, creator and co-producer of the show, said in a previous statement, "The audience reaction to our show in NY and on the Royal Caribbean ships where we have productions, has been incredible. We want to share ImaginOcean with families all over the country and have everyone from Texas and Ohio, Florida and California, Indiana and Michigan, and beyond, meet Dorsel, Tank and Bubbles. We will always schedule performances back in NYC as well throughout the tour."

ImaginOcean opened in New York in March 2010. The 50-minute production, according to press notes, "features extraordinary puppets, memorable original songs, and a heartwarming journey of discovery by three loveable fish named Tank, Bubbles, and Dorsel who take the audience on their singing, bubbling, jiving adventure, making friends along the way."

The music for the production was composed by William Wade. The show is produced by Jellyfish Jive Productions, a collaboration of John Tartaglia, Philip Katz and Michael Shawn Lewis.

New York City performances for ImaginOcean are Wednesdays at 11 AM, Saturdays at 11 AM and Sundays at noon. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased through TeleCharge (212) 239-6200 or at telecharge.com and at the box office at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street).