Specializing in Standards,Swing, and Broadway
RICHARD LEIBELL...is a Juilliard-trained vocalist from New York City who performs in concert with orchestras,big bands and in cabaret venues.He has had leading roles in Off-Broadway,Regional,and Summer Stock musical productions,and has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Recital Hall and at C.Paul Hall at The Juilliard School of Music.Richard has performed the Faure' Requiem(baritone solos);featured soloist in Cardinal Cook's televised Christmas Mass from NYC;and as soloist in a European concert tour with performances in Salzburg,Florence,Venice,Vienna,and at The St.Moritz Music Festival in The Bach B Minor Mass and St.John's Passion(Sir Neville Marriner, Conductor).After moving to Los Angeles,Richard met and studied with Metropolitan Opera/N.Y.City Opera and Broadway leading baritone William Chapman.While living in LA,he co-starred in"Swanson on Sunset..a Musical Memoir" at The Cinegrill.Richard also performed as featured singer at The Ritz Carlton in Pasadena;Chasen's;The Bel Air Hotel;and in numerous musical reviews at the famed"Maldonados" in Pasadena.In !992,he was a fellow at The Eugene O'Neill Cabaret Symposium,and met musical director Shelly Markham whom he performed with in concert around Southern Ca. and with whom he recorded two CD's. In Santa Fe,NM Richard starred in "Double Threats" at The Santa Fe Playhouse featuring the music and lyrics of Sondheim,Coward,Porter and Jerry Herman. He has also performed at The Fine Line in Minneapolis,MN. Since relocating to Palm Springs,CA,Richard has starred in, or been featured in 18 "Musical Chairs" composer/lyricist tribute concerts, conceived and produced by jazz pianist/singer and local empresario Derrik Lewis.They have performed at The Annenberg Theater,The Palm Canyon Theater,Sun City Palm Desert,and at various venues throughout the Desert,with stars such as Margaret Whiting,Julie Wilson,Donna Theodore,The Page Cavanaugh Trio,Russell Arms,and Bea Wain.These concerts presented : "Kander and Ebb"; "Rodgers and Hart"; "Harry Warren"; "George and Ira Gershwin"; "A Tribute to Your Hit Parade"; "Frank Loesser"; "The Joy of Operetta"; "Harold Arlen"; "Kurt Weill"; "Lerner and Loewe"; "Jimmy Van Huesen"; "The Best of Broadway"; "Jerome Kern"; "Cy Coleman"; "Sammy Cahn" and "A Big Band Tribute" with musical directors such as Johnny Morris,Robert York,Dickson Hughes,Shelly Markham and Wayne Abravanel.Richard also performs at venues throughout Southern Ca. He has appeared at The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts with Broadway and Las Vegas singing star Mara Getz in "The Music of Harry Warren and Burt Bacharach"(Wayne Abravanel,conductor);"Duets" with Mara Getz at "Peters",Rancho Mirage,Ca.(Wayne Abravanel,music director); and " An Evening with Mara Getz and Richard Leibell" with The Coachella Valley Symphony(Christian Chalifour,conductor). Other concerts include: "Rodgers and Hammerstein Meet Gershwin and Porter"... with Debbie Prutsman at The Annenberg(Palm Springs,Ca),and at The Landis Performing Arts Center(Riverside,Ca)with the All Star Pops Orchestra(Richard Stover,conductor); "The All Star Big Band Swings Gershwin" with Cassie Miller, and "Broadway Show Stoppers" at Old Town Temecula Theater(Jeff Stover / Wayne Abravanel .conductors). Richard recently performed his show "Standards and Broadway" to a sold-out audience at The Tolerance Center (Rancho Mirage,Ca.). Richard is available for private parties,events,and concerts.
Gary Walker,The Desert Sun