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F. Wade Russo

Musical Theater faculty

F. WADE RUSSO is a director, musical director and conductor. At The Boston Conservatory faculty, he has served as musical director/conductor of The Life, Chess, 42nd Street and Sweet Charity and and he served as director/musical director for Show Boat and Strike Up the Band. Other conducting credits include: Broadway: By Jeeves; National Tour: The Boyfriend directed by Julie Andrews; Regional Theater: Adrift in Macao (Lyric Theatre of Boston), Company, Pirates! (Huntington Theatre), Half a Sixpence, Call Me Madam, No, No Nanette, The Apple Tree, Singin’ in the Rain, Camelot, Carnival (Goodspeed Opera House), Cabaret, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, Man of La Mancha, A Grand Night for Singing, Forum, Falsettos (Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Urinetown (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Mame with Sandy Duncan (Barrington Stage Company), West Side Story (Gateway Playhouse), Louisiana Purchase(Swine Palace Repertory), Two Gentleman of Verona (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Sunday in the Park With George (St. Louis Art Museum), Little Me, She Loves Me, Anyone Can Whistle (Theatre Factory St. Louis), Happy End (Juilliard Repertory) and Williamstown Theatre Festival Cabaret (six seasons). He composed incidental music for The Glass Menagerie with Joanne Woodward at the Long Wharf Theatre and was vocal coach for the American premiere of Valley Song at Manhattan Theatre Club, directed by Athol Fugard. Russo conducted and played keyboards on the original cast recordings of Illyria and By Jeeves. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Russo has taught on the faculties of the National Theatre Institute (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center), Emerson College, Circle in the Square Theatre School and the Juilliard School

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