RECENT AND UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS

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I DO! I DO!
(Opening: February 2022 – ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival, Woodstock, VT)

Based on Jan de Hartog’s “The Fourposter,” this delightful two-character musical is set in a bedroom and covers fifty years of marriage, beginning just before the turn of the last century. Gary John direct and choreographs this classic Schmidt & Jones show which holds a unique and special place in his heart. Featuring one of their most tuneful, romantic and endearing scores this is the perfect venue for this valentine of a show!
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BUDDY
The Buddy Holly Story
(Opening: May 19, 2022 – Argyle Theatre, Babylon, NY)

Buddy tells the true story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when ‘That’ll Be the Day’ hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later. The show features over 20 of Buddy’s greatest hits including ‘That’ll Be the Day’, ‘Peggy Sue’, ‘Everyday’, ‘Oh Boy’, ‘Not Fade Away’, ‘Rave On’ and ‘Raining in My Heart’, plus Ritchie Valens’ ‘La Bamba’ and the Big Bopper’s ‘Chantilly Lace’. Gary John makes his Argyle debut directing and choreographing this entertaining musical biography.



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CANDIDE
(Opening: July 2022 – Cabrillo Stage, Aptos, CA)

Returning for a second season to Cabrillo Stage, Gary John is 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 that tells the story of the title character in pursuit of his love Cunegonde and “The Best of All Possible Worlds.” Based on the work of seventeenth century French author Voltaire (who is also a character onstage), 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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THE CROOKED HEART
(Opening: Late 2022 – TBA)

This provocative and intimate new play about the legendary abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock is a powerhouse. Set in the Hamptons, post war 1940's, during the artist's later years, it revolves around the Pollock and his young muse Dori Gallagher. Written by Pulitzer Prize nominee, Susan Tepper, Gary John is eager to dig into this sexy and luminous love story of a genius struggling with his own success. Currently casting a major name for the role of Jackson Pollock.
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THE HONKY TONK ANGELS
(Opening: July 2023 – Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, NY)

The hilarious story about three good ol’ gals who fatefully meet on a bus following their dreams to Nashville. Combining country classics with lots of humor and heart, this show is a big crowd-pleaser. Songs include: “Stand by Your Man,” “Coal Miner's Daughter,” “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You,” “Ode to Billy Joe” and “Harper Valley PTA,” among others. Gary John is pleased to helm his third production of the show while making his Cap Rep debut!
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FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES
(Check your streaming services to view, purchase or rent)

“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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SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
(Spring, 2022)

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 collaborating with playwright and poet Susan Tepper, a Pulitzer Prize nominee to bring her poignant new play "The Crooked Heart" to the stage. An intimate play of 3 characters, they are pursuing a major star to play the role of artist Jackson Pollock in a 2022 production.

He is also 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