RON SPIVAK is delighted to be making his 3rd appearance at 54 Below, having previously appeared in their concert productions of the musicals Oh, Brother! and Mademoiselle Colombe. He has played leading roles in the musicals Man of La Mancha, Guys & Dolls, Company, Damn Yankees, Annie, Godspell, Little Mary Sunshine, The Mad Show and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. He also co-starred with Andrea McArdle, Loni Ackerman, and Neva Small in the Off-Broadway revival of the musical Promenade. His directing credits include the musicals A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, and Company, and the plays Next, The Bald Soprano and The Lesson.
Ron wrote, directed, and performed — as narrator and singer — the symphonic concerts Bravo to Broadway and Richard Rodgers Re-vued, and has sung with Steve Ross, Julie Wilson and other luminaries at Lincoln Center. His two-man revue It’s Better With a Baritone (in which he co-starred with Rocky Blumhagen) has toured extensively on the West Coast. He has also performed his children’s work The Noisy Intermission (a “pandemonium” for orchestra and narrator, which he wrote in collaboration with composer Michael Valenti) with major orchestras across the country.
Also a musical theatre historian, Mr. Spivak served as musicals editor/archivist for Samuel French play publishers, for whom he prepared the published scripts and scores for more than 50 musicals, including La Cage aux Folles, Woman of the Year, Little Shop of Horrors, and Dames at Sea. While at Samuel French, he also unearthed and cataloged the long-lost scripts and orchestrations to more than two dozen early Broadway musicals, including George and Ira Gershwin’s original version of Of Thee I Sing, which led to CBS’s acclaimed recording conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. He has composed historical “liner” notes for Broadway cast albums, and has written for Show Music and Where New York magazines, among others.
Mr. Spivak is an alumnus of Cornell University with a degree in English and Theatre Arts, and is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. He lives in New York City with his wife, writer/editor Amanda Troy Segal, and is still trying to decide what he wants to be when he grows up.