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RECENT AND UPCOMING PROJECTS

TRANSITIONS ACADEMY
(Opening: February 2019 –
JW Marriot Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL)

Transitions Academy is one of the most well-recognized and unique educational events in the optical industry. Each year, hundreds of industry professionals attend to participate in professional development and product technology workshops; hear from experts and educators on marketing and industry trends; and learn during panel discussions. Entitled “Lightyears Ahead,” Gary John will once again be staging the event which features a variety of presenters and talent (from drumlines to hip hop dancers and a flash mob) in a unique live interactive presentation that intermingles an extraordinary live performance with video, light and sound.

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 inspirational choreography are in store at the beautiful Kasser Theatre this March.

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!

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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!

BEEHIVE! The 60's Musical!
(Opening: July 2019 –
Cabrillo Stage, Aptos, CA)

Larry Gallagher’s hit musical revue celebrates the girl groups and legendary singers of the sixties - as well as their infamous hairdos! Beehive features such classic hits as: “It’s My Party,” “Where the Boys Are,” “To Sir, With Love,” “R-E-S-P-E-C-T," “The Name Game,” “Proud Mary,” “My Boyfriend’s Back” and much, much more. The show, which chronicles the decade musically, features a fabulous all-female cast and hot on-stage band! Gary John makes his debut at Cabrillo and celebrates his sixth production of this incredibly entertaining revue.

TINTYPES
(Opening: September 2019 – ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival, Woodstock, VT)

Set between the turn of the 20th century and the onset of World War I, this chamber piece with a cast of five provides a delightful and tuneful musical history of this exciting and tumultuous period in American history. Gary John is pleased to return to ArtisTree for a third season and direct and choreograph this rarely performed gem. Featuring snapshots – “tintypes,” if you will – of America in its last Age of Innocence, the intimate Grange Theatre in beautiful central Vermont is the perfect venue for this moving story in song.

 

 

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