RECENT AND UPCOMING PROJECTS

AMERICAN IDIOT
(Opened: November, 2017 –
State University of NY at Buffalo)

This marked Gary John’s third appearance as Guest Artist in Residence for the Department of Theatre & Dance and directing and choreographing this show for a third time (a critical smash on Broadway and in London) was a joy. He continues to find it moving, provacative and evocative and was thrilled to be working on it again. The Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post-9/11 world leads them on an exhilarating journey that resonated with students and audiences alike.

SAMSUNG
(Opened: January, 2018 –
Las Vegas Convention Center, NV)

Staging ADM Productions latest industrial for Samsung Electronics at the Consumer Electronics Show (the second largest convention of the year) in Las Vegas! The show will feature the latest technology direct from Korea, demonstrating the endless possibilities of the amazing, connected-living system. The production, on a full stage high-tech set, will play multiple times each day throughout the entire convention in Samsung's own theatre.

A WHITE HOUSE CANTATA
(Opened: February, 2018 –

Gary John is pleased to return to MSU, where he part of the adjunct faculty and has staged recent productions of Hair and Aida. Cantata is being produced as part of the centennial birthday celebration of Leonard Bernstein and Gary John is thrilled to work on this gorgeous material. Based on the musical score of Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner’s infamous 1976 Broadway musical, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he will direct a fully-staged concert version in beautiful Leshowitz Recital Hall featuring a large cast and chamber orchestra.

Choice

CHOICE HOTELS
(Opening: May, 2018 –
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 seventh 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 79 years of excellence, the show will feature their newest ideas, products, and properties – Las Vegas style! With a (secret) well-known celebrity guest host and dazzling multimedia presentations, a first-class awards show, it will be an event like no other!

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
(Opening: June, 2018 –

Gary John is thrilled to make his directorial debut at MSMT with this popular and cherished Disney musical. Featuring the wonderful songs of Menken, Ashman and Rice, the production will feature a large cast, full orchestra and all the magic that this piece deserves! A musical with a big heart, Gary John is excited to place his personal stamp on it. Playing the large and beautifully equipped Empie Theatre, Beauty will no doubt be a treat for Eastern Pennsylvania audiences this summer!

DIE FLEDERMAUS
(Opening: August, 2018 –

Die Fledermaus features a sparkling musical score full of beautiful melodies and exquisite orchestration. Gary John happily returns to FLO, this time to their mainstage, to direct this classic opera staple, in English. Johann Strauss Jr.’s comedic masterpiece of mistaken identities and amorous double-dealing is sure to entertain and charm audiences young and old alike and Gary John is truly excited to be working on it with this wonderful company.

THE FANTASTICKS
(Opening: September, 2018 –

Recognized as the world’s longest running musical, try to remember a time when this gem wasn’t playing somewhere nearby! The Schmidt and Jones perennial favorite tells the simple tale of a boy, 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 finally get a chance to stage it at the new Grange Theatre, in beautiful central Vermont.

SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
(Spring, 2018)

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
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