In Conversation With...Richard Jay-Alexander and Lee Brian Schrager

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Venue:Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Renowned Director/Producer Richard Jay-Alexander shares an intimate conversation with Lee Brian Schrager, Festival Director and Executive Director of Food Network/Cooking Channel SOBEWFF.


Richard Jay-Alexander

Richard Jay-Alexander celebrates 42 years in show business, having moved to New York City in the fall of 1975. He started as an actor/singer/ dancer and made his Broadway debut in the Luis Valdez play “Zoot Suit” which opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in 1979. He was also in the Original Broadway Cast of Amadeus alongside Ian McKellen and Tim Curry, and worked on Song and Dance with Bernadette Peters and the revival of OLIVER! with Ron Moody and Patti LuPone.

He is widely known for his 12 years working with Cameron Mackintosh, as Executive Director of his North American Company and staged eleven productions of Les Miserables, as well as serving as Executive Producer for The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, and Stephen Sondheim’s Putting it Together, which starred Julie Andrews, presented at The Manhattan Theater Club.

He entered the recording industry via cast albums and has worked with some of the greatest artists in the world today, both in the studio and on concert stages. Those artists include Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Ricky Martin, Lea Salonga, Bernadette Peters, Kristin Chenoweth, Betty Buckley, Johnny Mathis, Il Divo, Il Volo, Lea Michele, Norm Lewis, Brian Stokes-Mitchell, Deborah Voigt, and the late Polly Bergen among them.

Richard has also done a number of television commercials, music videos, film work, awards shows, benefits and PBS specials, working in just about every venue in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House and endless nightclubs, concert halls and stadiums. He proudly serves on the Executive Board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and is passionate about animals, especially adoption and no-kill shelters.

He makes Miami Beach his home and has lived here for the past 25 years, while traveling hopping the globe, working. Richard is of Latin descent (his Mom was Cuban and his Dad Spanish American) He just finished directing the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, LA MUSA Awards, founded by Desmond Child and Rudy Perez, celebrating their 5th year, which was filmed and will be televised later this season.

Richard also co-directed (with Ms. Streisand), Barbra’s recent tour: THE MUSIC … THE MEM’RIES … THE MAGIC, which was filmed in Miami at the American Airlines Arena and will be available for streaming on NETFLIX later this year.

Mr. Jay-Alexander has become is a fan of the Jewish Museum-FIU and is thrilled to be sitting down with his good friend of over 30 years, Lee Brian Schrager. It will be a no-holds-barred conversation, with the opportunity for Q&A and Richard has stated, he’s flattered to have been asked to participate and inaugurate this exciting new series, at the museum.