RECENT AND UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS

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FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES
(Opened: August 2019 – Theatres nationwide)

“Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” is the origin story behind one of Broadway’s most beloved and enduring musicals: Fiddler on The Roof. This film opened nationally last August, already winning plaudits across the country and features interviews with: Lyricist Sheldon Harnick, producer Hal Prince, original cast member Austin Pendleton, Broadway figures Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Grey, Chaim Topol, and Harvey Fierstein, among many others. Gary John makes an appearance discussing the genius work of director-choreographer Jerome Robbins and is thrilled to once again be a part of this great musical’s legacy.
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University of South Dakota
(October 2019 – Department of Theatre, Vermillion, SD)

Invited as a Guest Artist in Residence, following coaching work with the USD Seniors at Actors Connection NY last Spring. Offered a variety of workshops, from “Musical and Dramatic Audition Coaching” to several in-depth “Jerome Robbins / Fiddler on the Roof” dance workshops to a “Directing Professionally” seminar. It was a diverse and unique experience for the students enrolled in the Department of Theatre.
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Transitions Academy
(Opening: February 2020 – JW Marriot Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL)

Staging this annual event produced by LI-based ADM Productions which features a variety of talent in unique live interactive presentations. Transitions Academy is one of the most well-recognized educational meetings in the optical industry. Each year, industry professionals from around the world attend this show to participate in professional development and hear from experts and educators on marketing and industry trends.
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TRUE VALUE
(Opening February 2020 – New Orleans Convention Center, LA)

Working with first rate ADM productions and staging this bi-annual event which features a variety of performers, speakers, demos and entertaining hi-tech surprises. True Value understands that customers still value quality products, exceptional service and expert advice. This diverse group of retailers operates True Value stores in thousands of communities in the United States and around the globe.
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SHAW SONGS
(Opening April 2020 – The Players Club, NYC)

Excited to create and stage a unique evening of song featuring some of Broadway’s best and brightest talent for the Gingold Theatre Group. GTG is committed to promoting the ideals of activist-playwright George Bernard Shaw, who was an accomplished pianist and relished popular song. This very special April event will be an elegant cabaret featuring songs he might have enjoyed in one of NYC’s most treasured locations.
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THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND
(April 2020 – Axelrod PAC, Deal Park, NJ)

Thrilled and humbled to reunite the original company of this hugely successful Off-Broadway revue celebrating the great music of Kander & Ebb. Featuring the incomparable Terry Burrell, Bob Cuccioli, Karen Mason, Jim Walton and Karen Ziemba, this semi-staged concert will feature all the original orchestrations conducted by John McDaniel. It is a celebration and reunion nearly 30 years in the making.
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CANDIDE
(Opening July 2020 – Cabrillo Stage, Aptos, CA)

Returning to Cabrillo Stage and thrilled to work on yet another classic Leonard Bernstein score. Candide is a rich satire brimming with adventure, surprise and an extraordinarily diverse musical score. Based on the work of 18th century French author Voltaire, this production will feature a cast of nearly forty, a full orchestra and the rich production values Monterey Bay audiences have come to expect.

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I DO! I DO!
(Opening September 2020 – ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival, Woodstock, VT)

Returning to ArtisTree for a fourth season to direct and choreograph this classic Schmidt & Jones show. Based on Jan de Hartog’s “The Fourposter,” this delightful two-character musical is set in a bedroom and covers fifty years of marriage. Featuring one of their most endearing scores, the intimate Grange Theatre in beautiful central Vermont is the perfect venue for this valentine of a show.
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SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
(Spring, 2020)

Gary John will be a guest coach and give theatre workshops for visiting universities through the Growing Studio and the NY division of Actors Connection in conjunction with the students' Senior Class Agent Showcases. In addition, he will repeat these duties and be a Guest Adjudicator for the Florida Thespian Festival in Tampa, Fl.
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NEW WORKS
(Current, New York, NY)

Gary John is currently involved with several completed musical scripts that are in various stages of development: “lift” (McAllister & Fazio); “The Baby Project” (Jaroslow, Feingold & Olling); “The Next Big Thing” (Lowenstein & Bailey). All three are strong scripts/scores with modest cast sizes. Interested parties should contact Gary John directly to inquire about these exciting projects and when/where they will next be seen.
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COACHING
(Current, New York, NY)

When working in NYC, Gary John continues his private coaching services. He enjoys helping actors and directors invigorate their careers no matter what level they are at. With his wealth of resource materials, he can guide you in finding that song, monologue, or performance piece that will get you noticed. He will show you how to navigate the business, “direct” your own career and help you to be more confident and successful in the business overall. Sessions are affordable and the location is flexible. Contact Gary John to get your career on track! Please see the COACHING/WORKSHOPS web page for more detailed information.

“As for the work of director Gary John La Rosa – perfect.”

Jeanne McCartin – Portsmouth Showcase