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November 3, 1992
Drag racer John Tartaglia was killed Sunday when another dragster collided with his during a race in Epping, N.H.
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January 7, 2007 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
THERE was one more day of shooting left before the new Disney Channel show "Johnny and the Sprites" wrapped production, and Michael Schupbach was touching up a pile of puppets sprawled out on a table in a corner of the set. A little-known fact about puppets: They get pretty worn out. "It's essentially a very complicated piece of cloth," said Schupbach, the show's puppet designer and co-art director.
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January 7, 2007 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
THERE was one more day of shooting left before the new Disney Channel show "Johnny and the Sprites" wrapped production, and Michael Schupbach was touching up a pile of puppets sprawled out on a table in a corner of the set. A little-known fact about puppets: They get pretty worn out. "It's essentially a very complicated piece of cloth," said Schupbach, the show's puppet designer and co-art director.
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March 7, 2004 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
"It's nice being here in L.A.," John Tartaglia says, with visible relief. "People look at me as an actor first." If this comment sounds strange in a city that worships the pursuit of stardom, perhaps that's because it comes from an actor whose professional reputation has, until recently, been eclipsed by cloth-covered hand puppets.
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March 7, 2004 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
"It's nice being here in L.A.," John Tartaglia says, with visible relief. "People look at me as an actor first." If this comment sounds strange in a city that worships the pursuit of stardom, perhaps that's because it comes from an actor whose professional reputation has, until recently, been eclipsed by cloth-covered hand puppets.
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March 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
"Shrek the Musical" has found its Shrek. Brian d'Arcy James will portray the green ogre in the stage adaptation of the popular DreamWorks film and the book by William Steig. The show opens Dec. 14 on Broadway. The actor was most recently seen this season in the off-Broadway musical "Next to Normal," playing a husband confronting his wife's mental illness. He has also been on Broadway in such musicals as the 2006 revival of "The Apple Tree," "Sweet Smell of Success" and "Titanic."
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October 1, 2008 | From the Associated Press
There's been a shake-up at "Shrek the Musical" as it prepares for its Broadway opening. The mammoth DreamWorks musical based on the Oscar-winning animated film and the characters in William Steig's book will have a new Donkey when it begins preview performances Nov. 8 at the Broadway Theatre. Daniel Breaker, a Tony nominee for his performance last season in "Passing Strange," will take over the role played by Chester Gregory during the show's recent Seattle tryout. Gregory has been seen most recently on Broadway in "Cry-Baby" and has appeared in "Tarzan" and "Hairspray" as well.
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December 14, 1997 | Mary Melton
They are the iconic trappings one expects to find in a Greek Orthodox cathedral: paintings of archangels Michael and Gabriel to guard the altar; a gargantuan mosaic of Christ; and an exquisite Virgin Mary in the apse gesturing toward the sweet, angelic face of . . . USC med school publicist Diane Sakellaris Lapa as an infant. OK, so this last is unique to St. Sophia Cathedral, the sumptuous Greek Orthodox church that's dominated the corner of Pico Boulevard and Normandie Avenue since 1952.
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March 25, 2007 | Susan King
Lara MacLean Puppet wrangler Current credit: The Disney Channel's "Johnny and the Sprites," a series for preschoolers featuring puppets, starring and executive produced by Tony Award-nominated John Tartaglia of Broadway's "Avenue Q." Previous credits: "Sesame Street" Awards: Two-time Emmy winner for puppet styling for "Sesame Street."
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September 10, 2005 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
Has Vegas spoiled "Avenue Q?" That was the make-or-break question as the irreverent 2004 Tony-winning musical inaugurated its second home this week at the lavish Wynn Las Vegas resort. Because the Wynn, by exclusive arrangement, is the only venue outside of Broadway where audiences can see the show in the foreseeable future, the stakes are huge.
SPORTS
November 3, 1992
Drag racer John Tartaglia was killed Sunday when another dragster collided with his during a race in Epping, N.H.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2005 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
"If you told me a year ago that our show would be playing in Las Vegas, I would've said you're crazy," admits Jeff Marx, one half of the songwriting team behind Broadway's rags-to-riches fairy tale of success, "Avenue Q." Robert Lopez, his collaborator, nods in agreement. They weren't the only ones taken by surprise.
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May 11, 2004 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
Two Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas, Nilo Cruz's "Anna in the Tropics" and Doug Wright's "I Am My Own Wife," will face off for best play in next month's Tony Awards, while "Wicked," a big-budget Broadway hit about the witches from L.
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