From Broadway World.com:
This Monday, December 3rd at 8:30 p.m. DEBRA and MARY will present a very special MUST-SEE SHOW. The guest will be Producer/Director Richard Jay-Alexander. The guest has become the “go to” Director to the Stars (STREISAND, MIDLER, PETERS AND CLEERE HARAN!!!)
A press release states that "He’s also a former performer and singer/dancer, with a crazy resume!
But, personally we both share history with him. DEBRA and RICHARD JAY- both come from Syracuse, New York … and MARY and “Dick”,as she calls him, starred in the West Coast revival of THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE and were roommates, in their early twenties. “Dick” also just directed her critically acclaimed stint at FEINSTEIN’S, with “Mary Cleere Haran Sings Doris Day.”
Reservations are a MUST this week!!! Call 212-388-7103 to make reservations. We are already being bombarded with reservation requests so be sure to call the hotline as soon as you can!!
Richard's bio is so impressive that we decided to include it all in this week's e-mail, and he said he was bringing along some great "collectibles", so come on down to the Night and Day Room at Biscuit BBQ in lovely downtown Park Slope Brooklyn and see what those could be!!!
Richard 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, which led to his being engaged as Associate Director of the National Touring Companies of that Tony Award-winning Play. He also staged AMADEUS in Santiago, Chile, in Spanish, in which he is fluent. However, he is probably best known for his association with Producer Cameron Mackintosh, having served as Executive Director of Mr. Mackintosh's American company for ten years, running its day-to-day operations in North America. Richard first came to Mr. Mackintosh's attention as stage manager/dance captain of his Broadway revival of OLIVER! and stage manager/assistant director of his Broadway production of SONG & DANCE. Shortly thereafter, he became both Associate Director and Executive Producer of the original Broadway, touring and Canadian companies of LES MISERABLES, staging more than a dozen productions of that Musical. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA followed, and then MISS SAIGON, for which Richard was Executive Producer for the original Broadway, touring and Canadian companies. He also served as Executive Producer and Associate Director for Broadway's FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE and was Executive Producer of its Grammy-nominated original cast recording.
Richard subsequently produced recordings for Bernadette Peters (LIVE FROM CARNEGIE HALL, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, both Grammy-nominated), Johnny Mathis (ON BROADWAY) and Mary Cleere Haran (PENNIES FROM HEAVEN, THE MEMORY OF ALL THAT) and co-wrote the liner notes for Barbra Streisand's THE MOVIE ALBUM and her DVD boxed set, as well as lyrics for several Walt Disney Records projects, including LILO AND STITCH Island Favorites. He has recently been appointed Executive Producer of the newly established Playbill Records and in such capacity, helped to launch the label's debut recording, Brian Stokes Mitchell's first solo offering, as well as the re-discovered Betty Buckley recording titled (and recorded in) 1967.
For film, Richard created the musical staging for Sony Classics' BOSSA NOVA, after having appeared in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, ALL THAT JAZZ, and a slew of commercials and soap operas.
Most recently, Richard directed the off-Broadway play, A SAFE HARBOR FOR ELIZABETH BISHOP, starring Amy Irving, at the Primary Stages Theatre, as well as concert productions for some of the world's greatest entertainers, including Bette Midler (KISS MY BRASS Tour), Barbra Streisand (TIMELESS Tour and the most recent STREISAND Tour, also serving as a co-writer), Ricky Martin, Polly Bergen, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lea Salonga, Sam Harris, Hayley Westenra, Mary Cleere Haran ("Sings Doris Day"), Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker ("Life is a Duet"), Russell Watson and Bernadette Peters, the latter two having also been telecast on PBS. He also directed the multi-media extravaganza, STORM, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas and the workshop production of the Broadway-bound musical based on GREAT EXPECTATIONS (starring Cloris Leachman), as well as a number of commercials and videos.
A native of Syracuse, NY, Richard holds a B.A. in Theatre and Music from SUNY at Oswego and is the recipient of that University's first Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts. He is also a proud Board member of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in New York and has been an active supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida.
Richard 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."
Debra And Mary's Night On The Town @Biscuit BBQ in The Night and Day Room A live music variety/talk show and more...
it's a night on the town!
Every Monday at 8:30 p.m.
$10 Cover plus $6.00 food/drink minimum
$5 Cover for students
Debra Barsha (composer of RADIANT BABY at the Public Theater) and Mary Cleere Haran ("Cabaret's most literate chanteuse" - The
New Yorker) perform every Monday at 8:30 p.m. an evening of song and witty repartee. Each week new songs, a different theme and one very special guest interview!!
Call the NIGHT ON THE TOWN hotline at 212-388-7103.
Hotline show updates every Friday!
The Night and Day Room
230 5th Ave. @ President St.
Park Slope, NY 11215
718-399-2161 (R Train to Union Street in Brooklyn)