Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Alexander Gemignani to Head O'Neill's Music Theater Conference

Alexander Gemignani will become the second artistic director in the history of the O'Neill Center's National Music Theater Conference. Founding Artistic Director Paulette Haupt will step down in August after 40 seasons at the helm.

Since its founding in 1978, NMTC has developed more than 132 new musicals, including early works of Nine, Violet, Avenue Q, In Transit, and In The Heights. Actor, musical director, composer, lyricist, and educator, Alexander Gemignani is currently performing as King George III in the Chicago company of Hamilton.

Broadway acting credits include: Violet, Chicago, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, Assassins, The People In The Picture, Sunday in the Park With George. Off-Broadway: Road Show at the Public, Headstrong at EST, and Avenue Q at the Vineyard Theatre. Favorite Regional: The Three Sisters (Cincinnati Playhouse), Oklahoma! (THE MUNY), The Boys From Syracuse (Shakespeare Theatre Company) and Saint-Ex (The Weston Playhouse). Concerts: Encores! 1776 at New York City Center, the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl, and Lincoln Center’s American Songbook.

He has premiered solo shows at the Kennedy Center (Barbara Cook’s Spotlight), The Sheen Center, Birdland, and Feinstein’s. TV/Film: Empire, Homeland, Chicago Fire, The Good Wife, Empire State, and The Producers.

As a composer/lyricist, he is currently developing four new musicals and has composed the incidental music for several plays. As a musical director, he is in development for productions with The Public Theater and Roundabout Theatre Company. He has served on the faculty of the National Theater Institute and NYU. He is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a graduate of the University of Michigan

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