Lee Roy Reams
Alex Rybeck – Musical Director
“Her voice is a delightful instrument! Irresistible!” – Daily News 2002
Karen Mason has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway, television, and recording: and “has few peers when it comes to ripping the roof off with her amazing voice that knows no bounds!” (TheatreScene.net) Karen is a ten-time MAC Award winner and has won the MAC Award for Major Female Vocalist of the Year for six consecutive years. She has also won the 2006 Nightlife Award for Major Female Vocalist and has three Bistro Awards.
Karen most recently garnered rave reviews starring as “The Queen of Hearts” in WONDERLAND on Broadway She originated the role of “Tanya” on Broadway in Abba’s MAMMA MIA!, and was awarded a 2002 Drama Desk nomination as Best Actress. Her other leading roles include “Norma Desmond” in SUNSET BOULEVARD, which she performed to critical acclaim and standing ovations on
Broadway and in Los Angeles for three years; “Velma von Tussel” in the final Broadway company of HAIRSPRAY; “Monotony” singer, “Mazeppa” in JEROME ROBBINS’ BROADWAY; “Rosalie” in CARNIVAL (another Drama Desk nomination); plus featured roles in Broadway’s TORCH SONG TRILOGY; and PLAY ME A COUNTRY SONG.
Karen won the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in AND THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND, and starred Off-Broadway in her own show KAREN MASON SINGS BROADWAY, BEATLES AND BRIAN.
Lee Roy Reams is an American musical theatre actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, and director. Born in Covington, Kentucky, Reams earned a Master of Arts degree and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He made his Broadway debut in Sweet Charity in 1966.
Reams was nominated for both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in the original production of 42nd Street in 1980. He played the role of Frank Schultz in the 1989 Paper Mill Playhouse production of Show Boat, which was televised on Great Performances by PBS . Reams has appeared on concert stages and in cabarets throughout the country. At present he is serving as the resident director of the Theatre at Sea program sponsored by the Theatre Guild.
ALEX RYBECK is a composer, arranger, pianist and musical director, best known for his work in concerts and cabarets, on recordings, and in the theater. His Broadway credits include MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (directed by Hal Prince) and GRAND HOTEL (directed by Tommy Tune). Regionally, his work on WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW won him personal praise from Burt Bacharach.
A two-time winner of the MAC Award for Best Musical Direction, he has worked with such artists as Michael Feinstein, Faith Prince, Metropolitan Opera diva Roberta Peters, “Voice of Hollywood” Marni Nixon, Eartha Kitt, Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway, Jeff Harnar, Karen Mason, Lee Roy Reams, Jason Graae, Sally Mayes, Amanda McBroom, Julie Wilson, Tovah Feldshuh, Donna McKechnie, Rita Gardner, Celia Berk, and many more. His original songs have been recorded by Nancy LaMott, Todd Murray, Kevin Dozier, and others.
After graduating from Oberlin College, he moved to New York where he was mentored by Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Schwartz, and Comden & Green under the aegis of the NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program.