RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER (Director) is very happy to be back at the Hollywood Bowl after directing last summer’s production of Les Misérables. He is equally thrilled to be working with what he considers to be an extraordinarily talented company of actors and, in particular, to have Donna McKechnie as his choreographer.
Jay-Alexander began his theatrical career in 1977 in the original cast of the Broadway play Zoot Suit, appearing thereafter in the original Broadway cast of Amadeus, where he began to direct, subsequently helming the national tours of the Tony-winning play. He is probably best known for his work with Cameron Mackintosh, running his North American operations for ten years. Their shows include Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, and many other projects. He began to branch out into producing albums, writing, and staged concerts for talents such as Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Bernadette Peters, Ricky Martin, Russell Watson, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lea Salonga, Il Divo, and many others. He has traveled the world and worked stages from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House, from Feinstein’s and The Algonquin in New York, to Las Vegas and arenas across America, Canada, and Europe. He has also directed many plays, one-person shows, commercials, pop videos and film.
Jay-Alexander enjoys lecturing, workshops, and master classes when the time allows, as he believes in nurturing young people who are passionate about theater. He has also done events for many charitable organizations, including BC/EFA, the Actors Fund, the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He currently shares his residences in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami with his perfect dog, JoJo, who isn’t the least bit impressed with any of it.