Richard’s career started as an actor/singer/dancer, making his Broadway debut in the Luis Valdez play “Zoot Suit,” which opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in 1979. He was also in the Original Broadway Cast of “Amadeus,” alongside Ian McKellen and Tim Curry, and worked on “Song and Dance” with Bernadette Peters and the revival of “Oliver!” with Ron Moody and Patti LuPone.
Richard has gained popularity while working with Cameron Mackintosh as Executive Director of his North American Company, for 12 years. He has played a great part staging “Les Miserables,” as well as serving as Executive Producer for “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Miss Saigon,” “Five Guys Named Moe,” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Putting it Together,” which starred Julie Andrews, presented at The Manhattan Theater Club.
He entered the recording industry via cast albums, and has worked in the studio and on concert stages with some of the greatest artists in the world, such as Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Ricky Martin, Lea Salonga, Bernadette Peters, Kristin Chenoweth, Betty Buckley, Johnny Mathis, Il Divo, Il Volo, Lea Michele, Norm Lewis, Brian Stokes-Mitchell, Deborah Voigt, and the late Polly Bergen, to name a few.
Richard has also done a number of television commercials, music videos, film work, awards shows, benefits and PBS specials, working in just about every venue in the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Disney Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, Sydney Opera House and endless nightclubs, concert halls and stadiums, as far as Singapore.
He directs the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame La Musa Awards, founded by Desmond Child and Rudy Perez in Miami, and now celebrating their sixth year. A 30-year friendship with Child brought them together recently to create a show for Desmond, which received rave reviews in New York and was recently filmed for PBS.
Richard also completed producing The Norm Lewis Christmas Album, scheduled to be released in the near future.