BWW TV: John Tartaglia's IMAGINOCEAN! Video Blogs - The New Theatre!
John Tartaglia's IMAGINOCEAN!, a new family musical set in the depths of the ocean, will debut November 20, 2009 on Royal Caribbean's newest and most revolutionary cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas. Created and written specifically for the new vessel by Tony nominated actor, singer and puppeteer, John Tartaglia, IMAGINOCEAN! follows the adventure of a group of fish friends, who uncover a map which leads them to ultimately uncover the treasure of each other's friendship. John Tartaglia, Philip Katz of Broadway Theatrical and veteran musical theatre performer, Michael Shawn Lewis have teamed up to bring this innovative black light musical production to life on the high seas. BWW TV is excited to bring you John's IMAGINOCEAN! journey via his personal video blogs. Today we bring you John's greeting from the brand new IMAGINOCEAN! Theatre. Get set to enjoy the "ride" and venture on this very creative trip! Stay Tuned for many more videos right here on BWW TV!
John Tartaglia's IMAGINOCEAN! takes audiences on a 30 minute magical underwater journey imagined only by master puppeteer himself, John Tartaglia. The whimsical production features music by composer William Wade and lovable and adorable characters built by the talented and innovative artists at The Puppet Kitchen in New York City. Broadway stage veteran, director and choreographer Donna Drake directs the cast of puppeteers who blend themselves seamlessly into the black light ocean floor setting the stage afloat and opening an enchanted world of aquatic adventures for the seafaring stars Dorsel, Tank and Bubbles.
IMAGINOCEAN! is the latest brain child of John Tartaglia, creator, executive producer and star of "Johnny and the Sprites" (now airing worldwide). Earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Avenue Q, for which he originated the roles of Princeton and Rod, Tartaglia was most recently seen on Broadway appearing as Pinocchio in the smash Broadway hit Shrek The Musical and previouslystarred as Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast . A 10-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 Tartaglia's IMAGINOCEAN!, is produced for Royal Caribbean by Broadway Theatrical, a New York based producing and theatrical entertainment consulting company headed by Philip Katz, a Broadway marketing and development executive with over 20 years experience. Some of Katz's recent clients include Shrek The Musical, West Side Story, Legally Blonde and Hairspray. Broadway Theatrical is a full service entertainment consulting firm providing theatrical consultation and support to entertainers and theatrical productions from marketing and sponsorship to licensing and creative development. The producing team is currently finalizing the soon to be announced details of its "on land" debut for a traveling tour in 2010 through a partnership with Theatreworks USA.