Lara Teeter (born 1955) is an American dancer, actor, singer, theatre director and college professor.
Born in Guthrie, Oklahoma, Teeter earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma City University. He made his Broadway debut in the short-lived 1980 musical Happy New Year, followed by another flop, the stage adaptation of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982). His third effort proved to be the charm, for the 1983 revival of On Your Toes won him critical recognition and a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, in the role originally played by Ray Bolger in 1936.
Additional Broadway credits include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and The Pirates of Penzance. Off-Broadway and national touring credits include the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, The Robber Bridegroom, She Loves Me, My Fair Lady, Little Shop of Horrors, Singin' in the Rain, Follies, and Oklahoma!. He has appeared with the New York City Opera in Naughty Marietta and The Most Happy Fella at Lincoln Center as well as many productions at The Muny Theater in St. Louis,Mo. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 portraying Henry Higgins in a tribute to the work of Lerner and Loewe and his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in 2001 performing the role of Steve Sankey in Street Scene.
Teeter's recordings include On Your Toes (Broadway Revival Cast, 1983), Lady, Be Good! (Studio Cast, 1992 – first recording ever of the show), The Musicality of Rodgers & Hart (Compilation, 1997) and The Wizard of Oz (Original New York Cast, 1998 Grammy nomination).
His regional directing credits include My Fair Lady (Opera Pacific), The Pirates of Penzance (San Bernardino Civic Light Opera and Light Opera Works of Chicago), Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Hollywood Cinegrill), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Fullerton Civic Light Opera), Ragtime (Light Opera Works of Chicago), and Candide (Light Opera Works of Chicago).
Teeter's academic credits include positions at California State University, Fullerton, Northwestern University and Shenandoah University. Since 2007 he has been a faculty member at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. where he now serves as an Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of Musical Theatre.
- On Your Toes
- Lady Be Good
- The Wizard of Oz (Grammy Award nominated)