Carsey is a conductor, arranger, pianist, and actor. He is currently Conductor
for the longest-running musical in history, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway.
National tours include Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of PHANTOM in
2014-2015, the Broadway revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES with George Hamilton,
and the musical LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE with Melissa Gilbert. Also on
Broadway, he was Music Supervisor of THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES with Ben Stiller,
and Musical Director for Joshua Schmidt’s musical A MINISTER’S WIFE at Lincoln
Center Theater. Internationally, he has performed as pianist and conductor
in such exotic locales as Lima, Athens, Barcelona, Islamabad, and Kuwait.
Richard enjoyed a long association with the Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee,
WI as Principal Conductor, and for nine seasons was Artistic Director. Highlights
include the world premiere and television broadcast of Richard Wargo’s opera
BALLYMORE; a PBS broadcast of THE MIKADO; and the world premiere of the opera
THE RIVALS by Kirke Mechem. He has been guest conductor with the symphony
orchestras of Kansas City, Indianapolis, Hartford, Sacramento, Panama City,
and St. Louis, among others. As an actor he has appeared in over 400 performances
of the play 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS at regional theaters including Dallas Theater
Center, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, The Globe (Saskatchewan), Laguna Beach
Playhouse, and Hartford Stage (Connecticut Critic’s Circle Award). Other
acting highlights include THE BOYS IN THE BAND (Harold); TWELFTH NIGHT (Malvolio);
SOUVENIR (Cosme) and OLD WICKED SONGS (Mashkin). He is a frequent conductor
for Windborne Music, which presents classic rock and roll with symphony orchestras
in America and Asia.