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Columbia College Chicago
Larry Russo

Larry Russo

Larry Russo


Email: lrusso@colum.edu
Phone: (312) 369-8310

Larry Russo began his professional career as a dancer in 1969, at the Skylight Theatre, in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the summer of 1972, he left his alma mater, Marquette University, to join the newly formed Milwaukee Ballet Company to dance in The Nutcracker staged by Frederick Franklin and Jigs n' Reels choreographed by Richard Englund. The final weekend of Nutcracker he was hired to replace an injured dancer in Fiddler On the Roof at the Centre Stage Dinner Playhouse 5 days before its opening.

A member of Actor's Equity since 1972, he has been featured as an actor, singer, or dancer in over 80 productions at theaters all over the US and Canada. Among them: Victory Gardens, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Court, Forum, Mill Run, Candlelight, Drury Lane East, Drury Lane Oakbrook,The Belfry and the Kennedy Center theaters. In 1994 he appeared as the narrator, in the Chicago Symphony's production of Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle conducted by Pierre Boulez and featuring mezzo-soprano, Jessye Norman.

A veteran Shakespearean actor, he has appeared in 20 of his plays including two seasons (1984,1985) at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada.
Every Thursday night from 7:30-11:00pm he can be seen in his white tuxedo and straw hat singing the songs of Gershwin, Porter, Chevalier, and Piaf  at La Creperie in Lincoln Park.