ALEX RYBECK (Musical Director) is a pianist, arranger and composer, well-known for his work in theater, cabaret, and the recording studio. Broadway credits include MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (dir. by Hal Prince) and GRAND HOTEL (dir. by Tommy Tune). He also conducted the world premiere of WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW, earning accolades from Burt Bacharach. Recipient of the 2005 Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Award for Best Musical Direction, he has worked with such stars as Michael Feinstein, Tommy Tune, Faith Prince, Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway, Donna McKechnie, Rita Gardner, Jane Oliver, Jason Graae, Metropolitan Opera diva Roberta Peters, "Voice of Hollywood" Marni Nixon, and showbiz legends Kitty Carlisle Hart, Patricia Neal, The McGuire Sisters, and Eartha Kitt, among many others. His numerous CD’s for such acclaimed vocalists as Liz Callaway and Jeff Harnar have earned praise from critics and listeners alike. Original songs include "What a Funny Boy He Is,” recorded by Nancy LaMott. He serves on the faculty of the annual International Cabaret Conference at Yale, in addition to being a highly sought singers' coach in Manhattan. Originally from the D.C. area, he later attended Oberlin College. At NYU, he was taught by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Arthur Laurents, and Comden & Green. He is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.