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This site introduces the work of Gary John La Rosa, a creative, skilled professional (SDC) theatrical director/choreographer. As you navigate around, you will find a host of information including a biography, resumes, references, review excerpts, and an extended gallery of production shots and video clips.

Gary John happily works as a director, choreographer or both. He has significant experience in both musical theatre and non-musical work and works in the theatrical, corporate and educational arenas. His endeavors have taken him to four continents and all types of venues, from indoor to outdoor, including proscenium, thrust, and in the round. His training took place in numerous NYC studios and he earned a degree in theatre and dance from UCLA. He brings over 25 years of professional work experience to the table.

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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

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Finger Lakes Opera's Artistic Director Gerard Floriano continues his new video-podcast series Behind the Curtain featuring conversation between him and Gary John La Rosa. FLO fans will remember La Rosa’s work as he has directed several productions including I Love a Piano, An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein and, of course, the 2018 mainstage production of Die Fledermaus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNrrEWOwdKw

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Gary John La Rosa, Michael Colby and Tari Kelly discuss theatre and more with David Edwards on the December 13th edition of David's weekly FaceBook podcast, BEYOND THE GREEN ROOM.

https://www.facebook.com/DavidEdwards MusicalTheatreArchives/videos/422468102216357/

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Why do we love Fiddler on the Roof? How did a milkman from a Russian shtetl became a Broadway star and a hero of postwar American culture? Listen to Kurt Andersen interview Hal Prince, Sheldon Harnick, Gary John La Rosa and others as they speak about one of America's most enduring musicals.

https://www.wnyc.org/radio/#/ondemand/404938

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Topol, two-time Golden Globe-winner and Tony- and Oscar-nominated star and Grammy Award-winner Joshua Bell, one of the world's most celebrated violinists joined the LARGEST-EVER reunion of original Broadway, revival, and film stars to honor Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winner Sheldon Harnick on his 90th Birthday and The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene's Centennial year! Gary John co-directed and conceived this historic evening.

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Anatevka Alums Make a Joyful Noise for Fiddler at 50
http://www.playbill.com/article/anatevka-alums-make-a-joyful-noise-for-fiddler-at-50-com-322337

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Gary John won not one – but two awards! His production of Fiddler on the Roof at Barrington Stage Company (starring Brad Oscar) was nominated in five categories and Gary John won both Best Direction – Large Theatre and Best Choreography – Large Theatre.

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Read how Gary John is carrying on the "tradition":
http://www.mtishows.com/news/carrying-on-fiddlers-traditions

Read Peter Filichia's article about Gary John's production of Aida at Montclair State University.
http://www.mtishows.com/news/filichia-features-aida-radames-and-amneris

RECENT PRODUCTIONS

Candide

THE HONKY TONK ANGELS
Photo: Christopher Rhoton

I do-I-do

I DO! I DO!
Photo: Emmy Walden Fox

Buddy

BUDDY
Photo: Richard Termine

“…a monumental production directed and choreographed by Gary John La Rosa, that stunningly weaves a rich and joyous tapestry of laughter, tears, and joy.”

– BroadwayWorld.com

© 2023 Gary John La Rosa