Wicked's Schwartz Pens Song for Tartaglia's "Sprites"

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A holiday episode of "Johnny and the Sprites" — the Disney kids show that stars Avenue Q's John Tartaglia — will feature a new song penned by Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz.
John Tartaglia stars in
John Tartaglia stars in "Johnny and the Sprites" on the Disney Channel. Photo by Disney Channel

The new episode, which will debut Dec. 1 at 7:30 AM ET on the Disney Channel, is described as such: "When the Sprites make their own presents to give to Johnny, they discover the true meaning of giving. Then, when the Sprites are snowed out of the Grove, it's hot chocolate for everyone until Gwen shows up."

"Johnny and the Sprites" — which teaches children "about magic in the world around them" — airs Saturdays on the Disney Channel.

John Tartaglia made his Broadway debut in Avenue Q. He received a Tony nomination, a Theatre World Award and the Clarence Derwent Award for that performance. The singer-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 also seen in the Empty-Handed concerts at the Lucille Lortel Theatre and has performed solo evenings at the Ars Nova and Joe's Pub. He was most recently on Broadway as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast.

For more information visit http://atv.disney.go.com/playhouse/johnny/index.html.

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