|Richard Carsey is a conductor, arranger, pianist, and actor.
He is currently Conductor for the longest-running musical in history, THE
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway. National tours include Cameron Mackintosh’s
new production of PHANTOM in 2014-2015, the Broadway revival of LA CAGE AUX
FOLLES with George Hamilton, and the musical LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE
with Melissa Gilbert. Also on Broadway, he was Music Supervisor of THE HOUSE
OF BLUE LEAVES with Ben Stiller, and Musical Director for Joshua Schmidt’s
musical A MINISTER’S WIFE at Lincoln Center Theater. Internationally, he
has performed as pianist and conductor in such exotic locales as Lima, Athens,
Barcelona, Islamabad, and Kuwait. Richard enjoyed a long association with
the Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee, WI as Principal Conductor, and for
nine seasons was Artistic Director. Highlights include the world premiere
and television broadcast of Richard Wargo’s opera BALLYMORE; a PBS broadcast
of THE MIKADO; and the world premiere of the opera THE RIVALS by Kirke Mechem.
He has been guest conductor with the symphony orchestras of Kansas City,
Indianapolis, Hartford, Sacramento, Panama City, and St. Louis, among others.
As an actor he has appeared in over 400 performances of the play 2 PIANOS
4 HANDS at regional theaters including Dallas Theater Center, Actor’s Theater
of Louisville, The Globe (Saskatchewan), Laguna Beach Playhouse, and Hartford
Stage (Connecticut Critic’s Circle Award). Other acting highlights include
THE BOYS IN THE BAND (Harold); TWELFTH NIGHT (Malvolio); SOUVENIR (Cosme)
and OLD WICKED SONGS (Mashkin). He is a frequent conductor for Windborne
Music, which presents classic rock and roll with symphony orchestras in America