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Photo Coverage: Tartaglia's IMAGINOCEAN Opens Off-Broadway

John Tartaglia's IMAGINOCEAN, a new family musical adventure, created and written by Emmy and Tony Award nominated actor John Tartaglia, opened at the NEW WORLD STAGES last night, March 31, 2010.  BroadwayWorld was on hand to capture the evening.

John Tartaglia's IMAGINOCEAN follows the undersea adventures of a group of fish friends, who uncover a treasure map that leads them to learn about themselves and ultimately uncover the treasure of each other's friendship. Produced by Jellyfish Jive Productions, 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 the stage.

John Tartaglia's IMAGINOCEAN takes audiences on a one hour magical underwater journey full of surprises and special effects. The seafaring stars Dorsel, Tank and Bubbles open an enchanted world of aquatic adventures where they meet jiving jellyfish, a strong-willed seahorse and a new friend, lovable Leonard the Octopus.

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. The production features: a lively original score with music and lyrics by composer William Wade, adorable characters that light up the stage with their effervescent color and personalities designed and built by the innovative artists at The Puppet Kitchen in New York City, and brilliantly colored sets that create the framework for this magical undersea journey designed by set designer Robert Kovach.

Performances for John Tartaglia's IMAGINOCEAN are scheduled for Wednesdays at 11am, 2pm & 7pm; Saturdays at 11am, and Sundays at 12pm. Tickets are $39 and can be purchased through TeleCharge (212) 239-6200 or and at the box office at New World Stages. Group tickets are available for parties of 12 or more.

For more information about John Tartaglia's IMAGINOCEAN, visit the official show website

IMAGINOCEAN is the latest brain child of John Tartaglia, creator, executive producer and star of the Emmy nominated 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 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.

Photo Credit: Amy Shaughnessy

John Tartaglia

Lara MacLean and Madame

Ryan Dillon and Madame

Betty Buckley, Madame, and Rick Skye

Christy Carlson Romano, Peter Scolari, Betty Buckley

The Cast

The Cast

Michael Shawn Lewis, John Tartaglia, Phillip Katz

Michael Urie

Phillip Katz, Michael Urie, John Tartaglia

John Tartaglia and guest

Christopher Sieber, John Tartaglia, Michael Shawn Lewis

John Tartaglia and the singers of ImaginOcean

Colleen Zenk Pinter and John Tartaglia

Phillip Katz, Colleen Zenk Pinter, John Tartaglia

John Tartaglia and guest

Rick Lyon, Ann Harada, John Tartaglia

John Tartaglia and Ann Harada

John Tartaglia, B.D. Wong, Ann Harada

Donna Drake, John Tartaglia, Emily DeCola, Eric Schupbach, Eric Wright

John Tartaglia, Peter Scolari and children

Linda Dano, Madame and Rick Skye

Jesse Luttrell, Madame, and Rick Skye

Terry Colombino

John Tartaglia, Terry Colombino and daughter Julia with Elmo

Julia meets Elmo, Kevin Clash

Julia meets Elmo, Kevin Clash

John Tartaglia and Christy Carlson Romano

Christy Carlson Romano

Jonathan Carlucci, Carole D'Agostino, Brian Carson, Kevin Clash, James W. Wojtal Jr.

John Tartaglia, Elmo, Kevin Clash

Jonathan Carlucci, Brian Carson, James W. Wojtal Jr, Ryan Dillon, Stacey Weingarten

Linda Dano with Dorsel and Bubbles

John Tartaglia, Dorsel, Linda Dano, Bubbles

Dorsel, Will, Linda Dano, Jack, Bubbles

John Tartaglia

Phillip Katz, John Tartaglia, Michael Shawn Lewis


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