ROCKing the TONYS – John Tartaglia

Rock the Tonys

Photo by Anita and Steve Shevett/Shevett Studios

Photo by Anita and Steve Shevett/Shevett Studios

Name: John Tartaglia

Little Rock Connection: Directed world premiere musical Because of Winn Dixie at Arkansas Repertory Theatre in December 2013.

Tony Awards Connection: Tony nomination for Actor in a Musical for his performance in Avenue Q. Has appeared on Tony ceremonies as a presenter. Other Broadway credits include appearing in Tony-winning productions of Beauty & the Beast and Shrek.

Arts & Humanities Month: SHREK

Celebrity Attractions brings the national tour of Shrek to Robinson Center Music Hall.  The production opened its Little Rock stand last night and continues through Sunday evening.  Originally directed on Broadway by Arkansan Jason Moore, Shrek features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori.

The musical is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film. It tales the story of an ogre, a princess, a talkative donkey, a vertically-challenged prince, and many other fun, lovable characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

The national tour is directed by Stephen Sposito and choreographed by Chris Bailey.  The design team includes Tim Hatley (costumes and original scenic design), James Kronzer (tour scenic design), Paul Miller (lighting) and Shannon Slaton (sound).  The cast is led by Lukas Poost as Shrek, Liz Shivener as Princess Fiona, Andre Jordan as Donkey and Merritt David Janes as Lord Farquaad.