Richard Carsey

Richard Carsey
Richard Carsey

Richard Carsey is a conductor, arranger, pianist and actor.  In 2012, he served as music director for the first national tour of the Broadway revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber.   On Broadway in 2011 he was music coach for HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES starring Ben Stiller and Edie Falco, and was music supervisor for Joshua Schmidt’s world premiere musical A MINISTER’S WIFE at Lincoln Center Theater. Mr. Carsey also conducts the cast recording (available on PSClassics).  In 2010 he was music director for the first national tour of the new musical LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, starring Melissa Gilbert.  For eight seasons he was Artistic Director of the Skylight Opera Theater, and has conducted over 60 productions there including the world premiere of Richard Wargo’s opera BALLYMORE and its subsequent PBS broadcast.  In September 2011, he conducted the world premiere performances of Kirke Mechem’s opera THE RIVALS, and in November THE MUSIC MAN, both at Skylight.  Other music direction: Syracuse Opera; Florida State Opera; Marriott Lincolnshire Theater; Writer’s Theater; THE HAPPY ELF (Harry Connick, Jr.—world premiere), THE WIZ (also orchestrator)—First Stage Milwaukee. As an actor, he has appeared in 2 PIANOS, 4 HANDS at the Milwaukee Rep, Actors’ Theater of  Louisville; Dallas Theater Center; Laguna Beach Playhouse; Hartford Stage Company (Conn. Critics Circle Award), and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. Also onstage in SOUVENIR (Skylight), DIRTY BLONDE (Chamber Theater), OLD WICKED SONGS (In Tandem).   During the summer of 2012 he conducted LES MISERABLES and appeared onstage and composed an original score for the comedy SCAPIN at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

phone: 414.573.5832


  1. This is great advice, thanks, Richard. I have passed this along to my students at Marquette Theatre. Thanks ,Jamie for this new column!

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