RAISING THE ROOF – a gala celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “Fiddler on the Roof” with Topol, Joshua Bell, Andrea Martin, Sheldon Harnick, Chita Rivera, Karen Ziemba, Fyvush Finkel, Jackie Hoffman, Jerry Zaks, Austin Pendleton, Pia Zadora, Jeffrey Lyons, Hal Prince, more than two dozen members of the original Broadway and the 1971 Motion Picture casts, and an ensemble of 50 additional Fiddler alum.

PINS AND NEEDLES (w/ Karen Mason & Jim Walton) – Jewish Repertory Theatre, NYC
MARRY ME A LITTLE (w/ Sally Mayes & Brent Barrett) – Queens Theatre in the Park, NYC
ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE (MD: Phil Hall) – Triad/Laurie Beechman/Zipper Theatres, NYC
BLESSINGS OF THE DAY (“Fresh Ink” Series) – Primary Stages, NYC
CARNIVAL – St. Bart’s Playhouse, NYC
IN MY DREAM... – Vortex Theatre Company, NYC

FOOTLOOSE – The 10th Anniversary Tour – Prather Entertainment Group
BEEHIVE – THE 60’S MUSICAL! – Prather Entertainment Group

CADDIE WOODLAWN – ArtsPower National Touring Theatre

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (w/ Rex Smith) – Ogunquit Playhouse, ME
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (w/ Lewis J. Stadlen) – Kansas City Starlight/St. Louis MUNY
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (w/ Spiro Malas) – WV Public Theatre
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Maine State Music Theatre, Brunswick, ME
PETER PAN (3 prods.)(w/ Robert Westenberg) – The MUNY, St. Louis, MO
FOOTLOOSE (w/ John Herrera) – Sacramento Music Circus, Sacramento, CA
HAIRSPRAY (w/ Paul Vogt) – Sacramento Music Circus, Sacramento, CA
AIDA (w/ Adrian Zmed) – Sacramento Music Circus, Sacramento, CA

WEST SIDE STORY – Sacramento Music Circus, Sacramento, CA
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN – Sacramento Music Circus, Sacramento, CA
ANNIE (3 prods.) (w/ Beth Leavel) – Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK
OLIVER! (2 prods.) – Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven, NJ
ANNIE WARBUCKS (4 prods.) – Hampton Playhouse, Hampton, NH
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (2 Perry Award noms) – Hampton Playhouse, Hampton, NH
DRIVING MISS DAISY – Bristol Valley Theater, Naples, NY
PRELUDE TO A KISS – Bristol Valley Theater, Naples, NY

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (3 prods.) – (Connecticut Critics Circle Award: Outstanding Direction) – Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport, CT
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (w/ Mike Burstyn) – Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (w/ Tom Urich) – Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY

Abbott, Alcon, Blockbuster, Canon, Choice Hotels, Creative Memories, Diageo/Guinness, Dunkin’ Donuts, EMD Serono, Essilor, Intel, Goodyear, NCR, Sam’s Club, Samsung, Shaw Floors, Silpada, TGIFriday’s, Transitions, True Value, WalMart, Zebra Technologies

Adjunct Professor: Montclair State University, NJ

Guest Artist: Coastal Carolina University, Hofstra University, New York University/Steinhardt, University of Arkansas, University at Buffalo, University of Colorado, University of Findlay, University at Fredonia, University of New Mexico, University of Pennsylvania, University of Tulsa

DEGREE: BA Theatre/Dance – UCLA (Clifton Webb Award)
MUSICAL COMEDY: Edward Greenberg
DANCE: Istvan Robovsky, Mia Slavenska, Peggy Ryan, Lynn Dally,
Tanya Everett, Eddie Zawacki, Rich Rizzo, David Storey
ACTING: Michael Beckett, Edward Morehouse
CHOREOGRAPHY: Carol Scothorn

Connecticut Critics Circle Award – Outstanding Direction (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES)
Ostrander Award – Best Direction of a Musical (NEXT TO NORMAL)
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award – Best Ensemble (DROOD)
BroadwayWorld Award – Best Dance Performance (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Maine State Music Theatre)

BroadwayWorld Awards – Best Direction & Best Choreography (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Barrington Stage)
Judy Award – Best Director (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – MUNY)
Vicki Award – Best Director (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Maine State Music Theatre)
Phoenix Award – Best Choreography (HELLO, DOLLY!)
Clifton Webb Award, 2 Loewe Fellowships

Multiple Nominations including: BroadwayWorld Awards, Kevin Kline Awards, Robby Awards, AriZoni Awards, ACT Awards, Ostrander Awards, Perry Awards, St. Louis Circle Awards

Extensive experience with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (productions nationally / internationally) recreating Jerome Robbins choreography.
Teaching experience (acting and audition seminars and workshops / dance classes); Work well with students and children,

Speak French; Valid passport and driver’s license. Though he no longer performs, he  has years of performing experience, including Broadway, National and International tours. Reviews, References, Video clips and Performance Resume available on request. 

  • Gary John La Rosa has staged this work with tender loving care and has turned choreography into sheer poetry.”

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