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RECENT AND UPCOMING PROJECTS

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
(Opened: June, 2018 –

Gary John was pleased to make his directorial debut at MSMT with this ever-popular and cherished Disney musical. Featuring the wonderful songs of Menken, Ashman and Rice, the production featured a large cast, full orchestra, stunning sets, and costumes and all the magic that this piece deserves! A musical with a big heart, Gary John was excited to finally place his personal stamp on it. Playing the large and beautifully equipped Empie Theatre on the Muhlenberg College campus, Beauty was an eye-popping treat for eastern Pennsylvania audiences and received unanimously rave reviews!

DIE FLEDERMAUS
(Opened: August, 2018 –
Finger Lakes Opera, Canandaigua, NY)

Die Fledermaus features a sparkling musical score full of beautiful melodies and exquisite orchestration. Gary John happily returned to FLO, this time to their Academy Theatre mainstage, to direct this classic operetta, in English. Johann Strauss Jr.’s comedic masterpiece of mistaken identities and amorous double-dealing entertained and charmed audiences young and old alike. Gary John was excited to be working with this wonderful company under the baton of Maestro Gerard Floriano and with a cast of superb singing artists from around the globe.

THE FANTASTICKS
(Opened: September, 2018 –

The world’s longest running musical, this Schmidt and Jones classic tells the simple tale of a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. With a heavy dose of imagination, the narrator, El Gallo takes us on a memorable, moving and often hilarious journey of young love. One of Gary John’s favorite pieces since childhood, he is pleased to return to ArtisTree and finally get a chance to stage it. Featuring a superb cast including several Broadway veterans, “Try to Remember” the Grange Theatre, in beautiful central Vermont come September!

True_Value

TRUE VALUE
(Opened: September, 2018 –
Denver Convention Center, CO)

In an age of retail chains and big boxes, True Value understands that customers still value quality products, exceptional service, and expert advice. This diverse group of retailers operates True Value stores and specialty businesses in thousands of communities in the United States and around the globe. It is always a pleasure working with them! I collaborated with LI-based ADM productions and staged the event which featured a variety of talent and speakers, as well as a truly unique live performance with stunning grand-scale videos of light and sound.

KPMG
(Opened: October 2018 – Orlando Convention Center, FL)

KPMG is a professional service company and one of the “Big Four” auditors, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Headquartered in the Netherlands and with 200,000 employees worldwide, Gary John staged their Annual Meeting at the Orlando Convention Center working with longtime partner, ADM Productions. Featuring an array of speakers, multimedia and entertainment, this show was memorable for both the many international attendees, as well as the numerous local employees and partners.

GUYS AND DOLLS
(Opening: March 2019 – Montclair State University, NJ)

Gary John is pleased to return to MSU, where he part of the adjunct faculty and has staged recent productions of A White House Cantata, Hair and Aida. He is excited to finally work on this classic of Broadway’s Golden Age, which has some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage. It will feature a large ensemble and full orchestra and of course, the Broadway-caliber talent that MSU audiences have come to expect. Lavish sets and costumes, as well as the inspirational choreography of the brilliant John McGinnis are in store at the beautiful Kasser Theatre this spring.

SISTER ACT
(Opening: April 2019 –
Virginia Musical Theatre, VA)

Get ready for all the fun that is Sister Act: a woman hiding in a convent helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own! The feel-good musical comedy smash is based on the hit 1992 film that will have audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken, this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical on Broadway. Gary John happily returns to VMT and is ready to raise the roof in Virginia Beach at the gorgeous Sandler Center for the Performing Arts come April!

CHOICE HOTELS
(Opening: May 2019 – Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV)

Choice Hotels International is one of the largest and most successful lodging companies in the world. Featuring eleven different brands, they have a hotel for every style and price range. For the eighth year in a row, Gary John will stage their Annual Meeting and Awards Gala at Las Vegas’ elegant Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center. Celebrating 80 years of excellence, the show will feature their newest ideas, products, and properties– Las Vegas style! With dazzling multimedia presentations, secret celebrity performers and a first-class awards show, it will be an event like no other!

SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
(Spring, 2019)

Gary John will be a guest coach and give theatre workshops for visiting universities through 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 Judge for the Florida Thespian Festival in Tampa, Fl.

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.

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.”

    Portsmouth Showcase