John Tartaglia
Avenue Q

John Nicholas Tartaglia (born February 16, 1978) is an American singer, actor, dancer, and puppeteer.

His career began at the age of 16 performing as a puppeteer for Sesame Street. He later originated the roles of Princeton (the recent college grad) and Rod (the closeted Republican-investment banker) in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical in 2004. He left the Broadway cast of Avenue Q on January 30, 2005.

He is most recently working on his own television show for Playhouse Disney entitled Johnny and the Sprites as creator, executive producer, and star. While the episodes began as only five minute interstitials, the show began a full 30-minute series on January 13, 2007.

Personal life

Tartaglia was born in Maple Shade, New Jersey. He lives in Hell's Kitchen with his boyfriend of three years, Michael Shawn Lewis. They have a cocker spaniel, Dora and three cats, Mia, Kiesha, and Sebastian.

Tartaglia appeared in 2004 at the 14th annual Broadway Bares, which was a great success raising $525,000 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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