Alex Lacamoire (born May 24, 1975) is a writer, director, producer, and actor who has worked on many Broadway shows. In 2018, Lacamamoires was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor for his services to art and culture in the United States and around the world. Born in Los Angeles, California, he began playing the piano at the age of four and moved with his family to Miami, Florida, at the age of nine. He is also known as the right-hand man of Lin-Manuel Miranda!
He attended the New World School of the Arts and then attended Berklee College of Music, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Music Education. He attended the school, which is known for its music and theater programs, and then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a school known as one of the most prestigious music schools in America. Lacamoire has hearing loss and will have to use hearing aids for the rest of his life due to his deafness and other health problems.
Career and Awards
Alex Lacamoire is also the musical director of the original cast of “The Bat – Boys,” a musical in which he also served as musical director for the original cast in 2001. He also directed Stephen “Captain Louie” in 2005 and appeared in several other musicals, including “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Avenue Q.”
Alex Lacamoire was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for outstanding orchestration for Lin-Manuel Mirandas “In the Heights,” the successful off-Broadway play “The Heights,” which moved to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway.
In 2012 Lacamoire wrote the score for the Broadway production “The Phantom of the Opera” together with Tom Kitt, for which he also acted as music commissioner and arranger. He has also written the music for a number of other musicals, including the musical “A Chorus Line” and “Brought to the Musical.”
Lacamoire was the composer of the score for the Broadway production “A Chorus Line,” for which he won his third Tony Award and his third Grammy. In March 2018, he produced the musical “The Lion King,” a collaboration with Ben Platt (whose songs were also prayed by Ben Platt). He is co-directing the new musical “Crazy Ex – Girlfriend,” which is scheduled to premiere at the New York Theatre Festival in March 2019.
In April 2018, Lacamoire arranged Miranda’s “April 2018,” which premieres at the New York Theatre Festival in March 2019.
The European tour will begin in July 2018, and in May 2019 Lacamoire received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee School of Music. He is also the composer of the stage version of Bizet’s “Carmen,” which includes his score, and the score for the New York Theatre Festival’s production of “Romeo and Juliet.”