By Melissa Griegel . . .

A new caricature is being hung on the famed walls of Sardi’s honoring Tony Award winning director Alex Timbers. The portrait was unveiled at Sardi’s on July 20th with cast members from Moulin Rouge! and Beetlejuice supporting the director. Timbers was truly honored to receive this distinction and was surrounded by proud friends and family, including his mom who beamed as her son signed the portrait. 

Alex Timbers is an award-winning writer and director, who in 2021 won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for Moulin Rouge!, which won 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical. In addition to the Tony, Timbers has won Golden Globe, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and London Evening Standard Awards, as well as two OBIE and Lucille Lortel Awards. He is the recipient of the 2019 Drama League Founder’s Award for Excellence in Directing and the 2016 Jerome Robbins Award for Directing and was nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award.

His extensive theater credits include Beetlejuice, David Byrne’s American Utopia, Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Rocky: The Musical, David Byrne & Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, and many more. He also regularly works with John Mulaney, having directed his Broadway production Oh, Hello and Mulaney’s Emmy-winning Netflix special John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City. Alex is now also directing an animated musical called Toto.

Cast of Moulin Rouge!
Derek Klena – Ashley Lauren (Moulin Rouge!)
Cast of Beetlejuice

Alex recently published his new children’s picture book, Broadway Bird, a charming and heartfelt story about a little bird who dreams of making it big on Broadway. Alongside colorful, imaginative illustrations by artist Alisa Coburn, Alex has crafted a loving ode to the theater in a story about persistence, believing in yourself, and the magic of Broadway. Macmillian publishes the book, which was just released on May 24, 2022, and while geared towards 4-8 year olds, is an absolutely delightful read for people of all ages.   

Photos by Melissa Griegel Photography