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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

ALEX RYBECK is a music director, composer, arranger and pianist, best known for his work in concerts and cabarets, on recordings, and in the theater. Broadway credits include MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (directed by Hal Prince, GRAND HOTEL (directed by Tommy Tune), and others. He has also worked with Susan Stroman (FLORA THE RED MENACE) and Patricia Birch (REALLY ROSIE). Regionally, his work on WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW, starring Sutton Foster, won him personal praise from Burt Bacharach.

After growing up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, and attending Oberlin College, he moved to New York City, where he was mentored by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Schwartz while attending NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program.

Among the many artists he has worked with are such legends as George Abbott, Metropolitan Opera diva Roberta Peters, “Voice of Hollywood” Marni Nixon, Eartha Kitt, The McGuire Sisters, Julie Wilson, and Kitty Carlisle Hart. He has also enjoyed meaningful collaborations with Faith Prince, Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway, Jane Olivor, Melissa Errico, Karen Mason, Sharon McNight, Jeff Harnar, Donna McKechnie, Jason Graae, Lee Roy Reams, Tovah Feldshuh, Rita Gardner, Roslyn Kind, Amanda McBroom, and many, many others. His original song “What a Funny Boy He Is” was recorded by the late Nancy LaMott.

He has received numerous awards and honors (MAC, Bistro, Nightlife, Billboard, and as music director and songwriter.

As a highly sought-after coach, he has taught master classes in NYC, L.A., and DC, as well as at Yale, Harvard, Northwestern, Queensland Conservatorium (Brisbane) and the New Zealand Singing School.

Past Performances