TU Theatre Presents "Little Shop of Horrors"
Our guest on ST is Gary John LaRosa, who will be the guest director for a new production of "Little Shop of Horrors" that the University of Tulsa's Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre will soon present at the Lorton Performance Center on the TU campus. (The play will staged from tonight, Thursday the 4th, through Sunday afternoon, the 7th; you'll find more information about tickets and showtimes at this link.) LaRosa has worked as a theatre professional for 25+ years. As a performer, earlier in his career, he worked extended stints in Hollywood, Las Vegas, South Africa, and New York, including Broadway and National Tour appearances. He's now a full-time director-choreographer, and in this capacity he's worked on more than 200 productions in various venues, including off-Broadway, regional theatre, dinner theatre, and summer stock. A frequent guest artist at universities across the nation --- as he tells us about on today's ST --- LaRosa especially enjoys working with students. He also speaks of how he quite often stages productions of "Fiddler on the Roof," always making a point of recreating the original Jerome Robbins direction and choreography. Also, and interestingly, even though he's worked on so many classic musicals over the years, this current TU production is the first-ever time that LaRosa has directed "Little Shop."