RICHARD LEIBELL...is a Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music - trained vocalist from New York City who performs in concert with orchestras, big bands, and in cabaret venues. He has had leading roles in numerous Off-Broadway, Regional,and Summer Stock musical productions including: "Carousel"; "Flower Drum Song"; "West Side Story"; "Godspell"; "Kiss Me Kate";"Fiddler on the Roof" and the Off-Broadway 2 year run production of "Live From Altoona...a 20's,30's,and 40's musical review". Richard has twice been a featured soloist at Carnegie Recital Hall and at C.Paul Hall at The Juilliard School of Music. He has been baritone soloist for The Faure' Requiem, as well as the featured singer in Cardinal Cook's televised Christmas Mass from NYC. Richard was the featured soloist in a European classical concert tour... with performances in: Salzburg, Florence, Venice, Vienna, as well as at The St. Moritz Music Festival in The Bach B Minor Mass and St.John's Passion (Sir Neville Marriner, Conductor). Richard was also the former resident soloist for many years at St.Michael Church (Greenwich,Ct.) and at The Religious Science Church (Seal Beach,Ca.). After moving to Los Angeles, Richard met and studied voice 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 1992, he was a fellow at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Cabaret Symposium,and met acclaimed LA/NY musical director Shelly Markham, with whom he later performed in concert at venues throughout Southern Ca.,and with whom he recorded two CD's of Broadway repertoire. 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 music club in Minneapolis,MN. Since relocating to Palm Springs,CA, Richard has starred in, or been featured in TWENTY "Musical Chairs" ASCAP composer / lyricist tribute concerts, conceived and produced by jazz pianist/singer and local empressario.. Derrik Lewis.They have performed at The Annenberg Theater, The Palm Canyon Theater, Sun City Palm Desert, Old Town Temecula Theater, Indian Wells Theater, 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 20 tribute 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" ;"A Tribute to Duke Ellington"; and "A Big Band Tribute" with acclaimed 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 Theater (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 one man show "Standards and Broadway" to a sold-out audience at The Tolerance Center (Rancho Mirage,Ca.),and books private parties throughout the year.Upcoming concerts include: Frank Sinatra's Big Band 100th Birthday Party in Temecula,Ca. in Jan.2016.Richard and Mara Getz will be reuniting in 2017 for "Swingin' Down Old Broadway" with The All Star Big Band at The Old Town Temecula Theater and at The Lewis Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga,Ca. . He has also donated his services for numerous charity events in the Coachella Valley, including featured entertainer for three years at The Men of the Desert Fashion Show held at Hyatt Grand Champions, Indian Wells, Ca. to benefit Animal Samaritans. He is available for private parties,concerts, and events.
SPECIALIZING IN STANDARDS, SWING, AND BROADWAY
"One of the best singers in the country" Gary Walker (Music/Theater Critic,The Desert Sun)