John Tartaglia


John Tartaglia (Alex More) earned a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical, Avenue Q, in which he originated the roles of Princeton and Rod. Other roles on Broadway include starring as Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and the role of Pinocchio in Shrek The Musical, now available on DVD. Recent theatrical performances include Seussical (as The Cat in the Hat at the MUNY), The Temperamentals (Blank Theatre Company, LA) and Aladdin (The Genie at the MUNY). To parents, he might be best known as executive producer, creator and star of the 8-time Emmy nominated Johnny and the Sprites, now airing worldwide, receiving an Emmy Award nomination himself for Outstanding Performance in a Children's Series. A 15-year veteran of Sesame Street, Tartaglia is one of the youngest puppeteers ever to perform on the show, starting at the age of 16. John is also a director, responsible for the original regional premiere of Duncan Sheik and Nell Benjamin's Because of Winn DixieDisney's Tarzan and Shrek at the MUNY, Jim Henson's Musical World at Carnegie Hall, several live shows at Sesame Place Theme Park, as well as several live tours for young audiences. Tartaglia has also appeared on Ugly Betty, Hollywood Squares, Disney Channel's Bear in the Big Blue House and JoJo's Circus, and Discovery Channel's Animal Jam. He is a past host of the New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts, and has hosted or been a featured vocalist for several live concerts for the New York Pops and with The Little Orchestra Society at Carnegie Hall . John's production company, Gables Grove Productions, is dedicated to creating new, immersive and multi-media family entertainment and currently produces the live theatre tours of ImaginOceanJim Henson's Sid the Science Kid and Jim Henson's Dinosaur TrainImaginOcean, an original show John wrote that ran at off Broadway's New World Stages, is currently in development as a television series with The Jim Henson Company. John is so glad you're here and, like Barbra, believes everyone should follow their dreams and hold their wishes close. 

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