CELEB PlayBlogger John Tartaglia: March 10

PlayBlog   CELEB PlayBlogger John Tartaglia: March 10
We're happy to welcome guest celebrity blogger Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia, who is best known for his acclaimed performances in Avenue Q and Shrek the Musical. The Emmy-nominated performer is also the creator of Imaginocean, a new family musical adventure that will begin performances at New World Stages March 17. Tartaglia is blogging all week; his third entry follows:

Day three!

Yesterday was a blast — we had an invited audience of friends and theatre folks to our dress rehearsal...It's always so wonderful to see how a show pops to life in front of an audience. Hearing laughs and "oohs and ahhhs" fuels everyone onstage and behind the scenes, and
after being stuck in a rehearsal room for weeks, it just moves everything forward. It also tells you what's working and what's not.
We have had the benefit of having the shorter version of this musical playing on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, and we certainly
learned a lot on the ship. But, it's always good to keep looking at a show with an open mind, and even yesterday once we had run it in front of the audience, it became clear that there was an element in the show that still needed work...So we're workin' on it! To me, this is one of the most exciting parts — figuring out how to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together to make it all work. Luckily, all the pieces are lining up really well! Today we're in the theatre loading the set and all the puppets and props in. I am like a little kid watching everything go up and turn on. And bubbles galore!!! The cast arrives in the theatre tonight for the first time and I can't wait for
them to see how wonderful it all looks. Also, I have to say our amazing stage manager, Emile Schoenfeld, is keeping things running so smoothly and on time — not an easy task! Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go hang a fish.....don't ask-just come see the show!!!

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