“Vanilla Ice Cream”, Bock and Harnick’s She Loves Me
“Only You”, Bernstein and Sondheim’s West Side Story
Alexandra Silber is hailed for her fiery and moving performances on theatre and concert stages, big and small screens. She made her San Francisco Symphony début as Maria (opposite Cheyenne Jackson) in an historic, first-time concert presentation of West Side Story under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, which was accompanied by the first full symphonic recording that was nominated for the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Opera News exclaimed: “Alexandra Silber sounds simply gorgeous as Maria. Her performance is thoughtful, naturally phrased, tremulous with emotion, and colored with a natural shimmer that sounds luscious and communicates directly.” She subsequently performed on the 57th Grammy® Award broadcast with her co-star Cheyenne Jackson, before returning to the San Francisco Symphony for their 2015 Opening Night Gala in a salute to Broadway, where she performed an array of favorites including excerpts from My Fair Lady opposite Kelsey Grammer, Nathan Gunn, and Stephanie Blythe.
Recently, Silber published the first book in a two-book deal with Pegasus Books, After Anatevka, which follows the story of the character Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof after the events of the musical. Silber has received great press about her novel, interviewed by popular publications like NPR and BroadwayWorld. The other, White Hot Grief Parade, is a memoir that discusses the loss of her father and will be published in 2018.
Silber recently returned to Broadway to play Tzeitel in the 50th Anniversary Tony-nominated revival of Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Bartlett Sher, which earned her a nod in the AM New York Article “Breakout theater stars 2016: Who is the next Lin-Manuel Miranda?”. She previously played Hodel in The Sheffield Crucible’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, and its subsequent West End transfer. She joined Fiddler on the Roof director Lindsay Posner once again, portraying Julie Jordan in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel at The Savoy Theatre in London’s West End. She received tremendous critical acclaim and received Great Britain’s TMA Award for Best Performance in a Musical. The International Herald Tribune raved: “Silber has a creamy soprano that puts one in mind of Broadway’s Audra McDonald. Her dark, burnished looks convey the very reserves attributed to Julie that, presumably, will help see this bereaved mother through an early widowhood. In a city lacking genuine musical stars, Silber by rights is poised to be one.” Most recently, she performed the role of Countess Andrenyi in Murder on the Orient Express at the McCarter Theatre Center.
Alexandra made her Broadway début alongside Tony Award-winner Tyne Daly in Terrence McNally’s Master Class directed by Stephen Wadsworth with Manhattan Theatre Club, garnering a nod from Backstage as one of the great theater performances of 2011, after performing in the same production at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Other favorite U.S. theatre engagements include her Ovation-nominated portrayal of Julie Jordan in Carousel for Reprise Theatre Company in Los Angeles; (under the artistic directorship of Jason Alexander); a Drama League Award-nominated performance as The Young Wife in the Transport Group’s Revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again; a run as Jenny Cavalleri in the North American Première of Love Story the Musical at The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia; Eliza Dootlittle in My Fair Lady at The Muny in St Louis opposite Anthony Andrews, directed by Marc Bruni, to critical acclaim. and returned to New York in a highly-acclaimed Off Broadway run of Arlington – a new one-woman musical at The Vineyard Theatre, earning her an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Solo Performance. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times wrote: “Ms. Silber gives an impressive, confident and musically lustrous performance. Her soprano has a bright, blooming sheen.” She subsequently recorded the 2016 World-Prémiere Recording for Broadway Records, accompanied by a release concert at the famed Birdland club in New York City. Opera News raved of the recording: “Her commitment is absolute…Silber’s performance allows Arlington to achieve the overwhelming emotional power and complexity that are inherent in the work.”
Silber regularly graces concert and cabaret stages internationally. In 2016, she performed on the gala concert The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim with Broadway royalty including Patti LuPone, Cynthia Erivo, and Judy Kuhn. She made her Carnegie Hall début singing the role of Nina in a concert performance of Song of Norway with the Collegiate Chorale and American Symphony Orchestra, followed by an appearance with The Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts as Amalia Balash in She Loves Me, marking the first time a musical had ever been presented at this venue. Alexandra appeared on the concert stage at Disney Hall in Los Angeles in Andrew Lippa’s oratorio I Am Harvey Milk as the soprano soloist, before appearing in the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall as Lilli Vanessi/Kate in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate with the John Wilson Orchestra to extensive critical acclaim.
She débuted two of her solo cabarets entitled “London Still” and “Ex Libris,” at the esteemed New York nightclub Feinstein’s at The Loews Regency and was honored to be a part of Barbara Cook’s Spotlight Series at The Kennedy Center. Her solo concert “The Land Where the Good Songs Go” premiered at Feinstein’s at The Nikko in San Francisco, after she made her Detroit Symphony Orchestra début in Pulitzer-Prize-winning David Del Tredici’s World Première of Dum Dee Tweedle.
Alexandra made her feature film début in Stephen King’s 1408 starring John Cusack and has also appeared as a Guest Star on three branches of the Law & Order series (SVU, Criminal Intent and the original). She also made her playwriting début with Dutch Kills Theatre and The Hangar Theatre, both which produced her adaptations of Greek tragedies Antigone and Trojan Women.
Silber is an alumna of the esteemed Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating with the coveted Young Artist Award, and continued her training at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) in Glasgow, graduating with a degree in Acting. She is currently a Professor of Acting at Pace University.