Founder, Alex Santoriello
Alex Santoriello is an American actor, singer & producer best known for originating roles in three Broadway musicals “Les Miserables” (1987), “Chess” (1988) and “Three Penny Opera” (1989) and as a producer on the Broadway musical “A Tale of Two Cities” (2008).
Santoriello was Born in Newark, N.J in 1956, raised in Murray Hill, New Jersey and graduated from Governor Livingston Regional High School (1974) where he played football, baseball, ran track and was voted most likely to succeed in music. Following that he attended Kean College for 3 months, pledged Phi Mu Alpha (national music fraternity) did a lead role in the big musical and then quit when the professors went on strike. Santoriello joined the military and received an honorable discharge from the US Army after serving on active duty (1975 – 1979). He also attended Kansas State University as a voice major and was a winner of the mid-west regional NATS awards (1978).
He made his equity stage debut understudying Che in “Evita” (1985) at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. He made his New York debut as Prince Paris in “La Belle Helene” (1986) at Rosetta Lenoire’s AMAS repertory theater in Spanish Harlem and then did two more off-off Broadway shows that year before landing a part on Broadway in Les Miz (1986).
He played Gus the Theatre Cat in a Broadway tour of “Cats” (1991-1992) and Pontius Pilate in two national touring productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar” (1990 & 1994) the second of which also starred Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson. He was Don Quixote in “Man of LaMancha” (1997) at the Colonial Theatre in Rhode Island and Che in “Evita” (1994) at the Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City.
Alex directed and musically supervised the world premiere production of “A Tale of Two Cities” in concert at the Circle Theater in Indianapolis (1995). He assembled a cast of veteran Broadway artists along with Richard Kiley who narrated the action, a choir of fifty voices and a forty piece orchestra led by Robert Krogstad who also arranged and orchestrated the score. Alex is the voice of Sydney Carton on the “Tale of Two Cities” concept album, which he also helped produce. He can be heard on several other musical recordings including “Man With A Load Of Mischief” (2004) and “The Prince And The Pauper” (1997), the original production of which he also directed. Alex appeared in the Academy Award nominated film “Far From Heaven” (2002) and in the TV soap opera “All My Children” (1992).
He is an original member of Neil Berg’s “100 Years of Broadway in Concert” (1998). For three years the concert tour took him to Barbados to perform for a major charity event and in 2002 Alex moved there. He taught singing to young people and served as the first musical director of the Barbados National Boys Choir. He performed for numerous charitable events sponsored by the Rotary Club, St. Vincent DePaul Society and others. He appeared several times with the Barbados Police Band including the reopening of the historic Kensington Oval in Bridgetown (2007) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Gala (2012).
He founded and hosted Lexy Piano Bar, rated by Zagat as one of Barbados’ top five night spots. Lexy featured a monthly rotation of international piano bar entertainers who performed a grueling 5 hours each night for six nights a week. The interactive format made Lexy popular across a wide customer base, mixing the very rich and famous together with the everyman/woman.
In the summer of 1998 Alex began operating ParaSail NYC, the only parasailing company in Manhattan’s history. It ceased operations permanently on September 11th 2001.
Alex is a licensed commercial pilot, an active flight instructor and an avid sailor who has logged thousands of ocean miles.
Alex has worked with Sting, Benny Anderson & Bjorn Ulveaus (ABBA), Cliff Richard, Tim Rice, Cameron Macintosh, Trevor Nunn, John Caird, John Dexter, Andrew Wilk, John Lodge, Dennis Quaid, David Cassidy, Richard Kiley, Michael Crawford, Maureen McGovern, Georgia Brown, Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Colm Wilkinson, Claude Michel Schoenberg, Alain Boublil, John Clifton, Neil Berg and his sister Jill Santoriello.