(the short version)
Leah Horowitz was born and raised on Staten Island, home of the Staten Island Ferry, Ralph’s Ices, and the best pizza in New York City. Raised by a speech pathologist mother from West Virginia and a banjo player father from Brooklyn, Leah grew up with no discernable New York accent in a house filled with music and cats. She and her mother were heavily involved in community theater (as actor and costumer, respectively), and spent most of their nights and weekends with show people. When it came time to go to college, Leah thought she’d major in some sort of science – acting seemed too impractical and unstable a profession. An acceptance to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts changed her mind. Cut to the present, and Leah still sometimes thinks maybe she should’ve been an engineer. Don’t ask her which kind – she just likes the sound of it.
However, seven Broadway shows and many regional credits later, Leah has to admit she has done reasonably well. She last appeared on Broadway in the acclaimed revival of Follies as Young Heidi, and, more recently, traveled to Paris to sing the West Side Story Suite for New York City Ballet. She has been seen on TV as a sassy nun in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live, and at Madison Square Garden performing with Phish in their New Years Eve concert (twice!). She has been heard in numerous commercial jingles, including singing “Mm Mm Good!” for Campbell’s Soup. All in all, not a boring life.
Leah lives in Manhattan with her husband Matty D Stuart, actor and DJ extraordinaire, and her genius baby girl, Penelope. In addition to work, she enjoys running in Central Park, reading the latest great novels and then making her friends read them, watching too many TV shows, eating sushi, and staring longingly at puppies in pet store windows.
Press & MEDIA
For Guys and Dolls (Great Lakes Theater, '13):
"Sister Sarah is played by Leah Horowitz, a versatile performer who brings operatic precision to the standards "I'll Know" and "If I Were a Bell" and a comedienne's loose-limbed elasticity to her scenes of drunken abandon after she is whisked to Havana by Sky. (In a move worthy of Carol Burnett, Horowitz tries to approximate the moves of a hotsy-totsy Cuban hoofer and winds up upside-down in Sky's arms, her red wool skirt up around her ears, her legs paddling empty space.)"
-The Plain Dealer
"Also excellent is Leah Horowitz as Sarah Brown, turning her character's alcoholic meltdown into a hilarious, limbs akimbo event. Her loopy rendition of "If I Were a Bell" brings out all the fun of Loesser's foray into the subjunctive mood. Even though her Sarah sobers up when back in Manhattan, Horowitz keeps the charm percolating under the surface."
"Beautiful Horowitz, her soprano gorgeous to boot, is perfect as the prim and proper Sarah, who declares she will never fall in love with a gambler but does."
-Cleveland Jewish News
"...the very sheltered mission director Sarah Brown [is] played by the incredible soprano Leah Horowitz. ...her vocals are, in a word, ridiculous. Ridiculously strong that is."
-CBS Radio, Cleveland
For Fiddler on the Roof (Sacramento Music Circus, '12):
"[Leah] Horowitz does a beautiful job with the moving "Far From the Home I Love." - BroadwayWorld.com
For Follies (Ahmanson Theatre, '12):
"Carol Neblett and Leah Horowitz deliver an absolutely ravishing "One More Kiss." - Robert Hofler, Variety
" “One More Kiss” by the aging Heidi was stellar with contralto Carol Neblett and her young counterpart from the past, Leah Horowitz. These ladies did a duet together and I and others were moved to tears. It was a hauntingly chilling and breathtakingly beautiful number."
-Audry Linden, The Examiner
"Still-plangent Carol Neblett and crystalline Leah Horowitz are exquisite as old and young Heidi Schiller in “One More Kiss.”"
-David C Nichols, Backstage
""One More Kiss"... [is] haunting (and spectacularly sung) " -Ragemonthly.com
For Follies (Kennedy Center and Broadway, '11):
"Did I mention much of the cast is mirrored by actors playing their younger selves? This works most beautifully when Rosalind Elias and Leah Horowitz perform the light operetta sort of tune "One More Kiss." The elderly Heidi sings gloriously until the young Heidi appears behind her to belt it out even more beautifully. ...It's truly touching on so many levels."
- Michael Giltz, HuffingtonPost.com
"Biggest surprise is the Franz Lehar/Victor Herbert pastiche "One More Kiss," from opera singer Rosalind Elias and Leah Horowitz as her younger ghost, which unaccountably stops the show." - Steven Suskin, Variety
"The surprise of the night for me was the charm of “One More Kiss,” done in operetta style by Rosalind Elias singing with her younger self, the beautiful Leah Horowitz. The audience went wild..." - Liz Smith, wowowow.com
"The opera singer Rosalind Elias and Leah Horowitz, who plays her younger doppelganger, ...create a moving duet of “One More Kiss”..." - Washington Post
"...the venerable Met mezzo Rosalind Elias in "One More Kiss" [is] exquisitely echoed by Leah Horowitz as her younger self." - Howard Kissel, HuffingtonPost.com
"Rosalind Elias [sings] "One More Kiss" (a duet with the enchantingly-voiced Leah Horowitz as her younger self)..." - BroadwayWorld.com
"...opera star Rosalind Elias and Leah Horowitz gorgeously sing "One More Kiss"..." - Theatermania.com
""One More Kiss" -- its exquisite edge [is] provided by Rosalind Elias as Heidi Schiller and, as younger Heidi, Leah Horowitz. " - David Finkle, HuffingtonPost.com
"Rosalind Elias and Leah Horowitz contribute a haunting "One More Kiss"..." - Backstage
"In the second act of...Follies, legendary opera diva, Rosalind Elias...sings Sondheim's haunting nod to operetta, "One More Kiss." Behind her, we see the ghost of her younger self, played and sung flawlessly by Leah Horowitz, who joins her in song." - Naughty But Nice Rob, HuffingtonPost.com
"A perfectly grand Rosalind Elias and an exquisite Leah Horowitz make the lovely most of their “One More Kiss” aria. " - New Jersey Newsroom
"Kudos also to Rosalind Elias as the opera singer (“One More Kiss,” sung with a glorious Leah Horowitz as her younger self)" - Times Square Chronicles
"And feel the way that theater can get at the ineffable when Rosalind Elias, still blessed with a lovely classical voice after a 50 year career, sings “One More Kiss” while her younger self, Leah Horowitz, effortlessly sales to higher notes at her side. It’s a simple moment, delicately staged, and yet it speaks volumes about the pull of time and the joys of an intelligent, singular musical like Follies." - TheBroadwayBlog.com
For Showboat (The Muny, '10):
"Leah Horowitz makes for a very appealing Magnolia, and displays a powerful voice as well..." - Broadwayworld.com
"Leah Horowitz demonstrates a magnificent voice and appealing demeanor as Magnolia..." - Ladue News
""You Are Love"...arguably the most soaring duet in all musical theater, [is] gorgeously sung by [Danny] Gurwin and [Leah] Horowitz."- Riverfront Times
"As the sweetly virtuous Nola and the gambling man she falls for, Gaylord Ravenal, Leah Horowitz and Danny Gurwin blend their voices beautifully in the romantic duets “Make Believe” and “You Are Love.” - stltoday.com
For Les Miserables:
“The love triangle is especially well-realized in the tender acting and fine singing of Leah Horowitz’s sensitive Cosette, Anderson Davis’ innocent Marius and Sarah Shahinian’s plucky, lovelorn Eponine. Their Heartful of Love trio is a major vocal highlight.” – Houston Chronicle (review of the Theatre Under the Stars production, ’09)
“Leah Horowitz, as Valjean's "adopted" daughter Cosette, bring[s] just the right in-the-dark quality to "In My Life" ” – Chicago Sun-Times (review of the Marriott Lincolnshire production, ’08)
For Emma (NYMF '07):
“Leah Horowitz is a sweet-voiced, lovely, and nicely grounded Emma…” - Backstage
“Young and beautiful Emma (a terrific Leah Horowitz) matchmakes her way into trouble, and learns to grow up as a result of it.” –CurtainUp
“…An exquisite cast—led by the enthralling Leah Horowitz in the title role—…[Joel Adlen] gives Horowitz ample opportunity to show off her floaty, silvery high notes in Emma's many solos.” – Offoffonline.com
“Leah Horowitz is a beautiful Emma, singing with a sweet sympathetic tone and acting the part as well as Gwyneth Paltrow did in the film.” – Broadway Bridge and Tunnel Test
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news & Gallery
2.10.17 - This past fall, Leah was the female singer in New York City Ballet's "Thou Swell", a ballet of Richard Rodgers songs choreographed by Peter Martins and set in a glamorous art deco nightclub. She returns to Lincoln Center at the end of this month for three more performances; the ballet is part of an evening of three short ballets set to Rodgers music. Not to be missed! Tickets and info here.
7.11.16 - Leah just returned from Paris, where she spent a week with New York City Ballet during their three week residency at Théâtre Du Châtelet, singing "Somewhere" in their famous West Side Story Suite.
10.27.15 - Leah is appearing in the NY City Center Gala performances of Annie Get Your Gun, starring Megan Hilty, on October 27th and 28th.
6.2.15 - Leah just spent a week singing wonderful songs cut from Fiddler on the Roof in 92nd St Y's latest Lyrics and Lyricists concert, To Life! Celebrating 50 Years of Fiddler on the Roof with Sheldon Harnick. The concert was narrated by Harnick, directed by Gary Griffin, and conducted by Rob Fisher.
8.4.14 - Leah is heading to The Old Globe in San Diego, CA, to be a part of the first full production of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new musical, Bright Star! Leah was part of the NYC workshop this past winter (see below). Directed by Walter Bobbie, the show starts previews September 13th and runs through November 2nd
4.1.14 - Find Leah this week in City Center Encores! staging of The Most Happy Fella, opening Wednesday, April 2nd and playing through the 6th. The show is features a cast of 38 and a 38-piece orchestra, and is truly not to be missed!
3.7.14 - Leah was lucky enough to be a part of the Old Globe's NYC Workshop of Bright Star, a new musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. Featuring music from their album "Love Has Come For You", the show has a gorgeous bluegrass score and an original story based on true events.
11.1.13 - Rehearsals are in full swing for The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood, which will air live on NBC on December 5th, featuring Leah as a nun and a guest at the Von Trapp party.
6.7.13 - Leah is in the midst of playing Sarah Brown in a hit production of Guys and Dolls at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, OH. Directed by Tony-nominated choreographer and director Dan Knechtges, the show is a co-production between Great Lakes Theater and Playhouse Square, and runs through June 30th. Head over to Press & Media to read Leah's great notices!
2.11.13 - After a busy fall spent planning a wedding and getting married (!!), Leah is looking forward to her next project - performing in the NY Philharmonic's concert staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel! The concert will have 5 performances, February 27th through March 2nd, at Avery Fisher Hall. The concert will also be filmed and, as of now, is scheduled to be shown on PBS on April 26th at 9pm EST.
8.2.12 - And, it's back to CA again! This time, to Sacramento, where Leah will be playing Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof at California Musical Theatre's Music Circus from August 14th through the 19th.
7.23.12 - After a month back in NYC, Leah jetted back to California to spend a wonderful 2 weeks with the Transcendence Theatre Company. She was privileged to be part of the first concert of their inaugural season, Dream the Impossible Dream, in Jack London State Park in Sonoma.
6.10.12 - Leah just returned to New York after another successful run of Follies, this time in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre. Check out Press & Media for more great mentions for Leah from West Coast critics.
4.10.12 - In February, Leah played Evelyn in the New York City Center Encores! production of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. In April, Leah rejoined the cast to record an album, now available on Itunes and PS Classics, among other places. Buy it; it's great!
12.2.11 - Follies is a Broadway hit! Check out Press & Media for all the great mentions of Leah's performance. Also, Leah can be heard on the new Follies cast recording, released on 11/29. Check it out (and buy it!) on Itunes, or order the 2-CD set (complete with 52-page full-color booklet). Leah's song, "One More Kiss", is track 6 on Disc 2, and Leah can also be heard on "Beautiful Girls", "Who's That Woman", "Loveland", and "Live, Laugh, Love".
7.7.11 - The Kennedy Center's production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies is coming to the Marriott Marquis Theatre on Broadway, and Leah is thrilled to be reprising her performance as Young Heidi. This will be Leah's fifth show at the Marquis! Previews start August 7th, and the show will have its official opening on September 12th.
3.22.11 - Leah's next appearance will be as Young Heidi in the highly anticipated revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies, at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
3.21.11 - Leah just finished her first production with City Center Encores!, Where's Charley? The show received rave reviews!
1.23.11 - Exciting news! Leah has been nominated for a Kevin Kline Award for her portrayal of Magnolia Hawks in the St Louis Muny's 2010 production of Showboat!
11.2.10 - Leah is now appearing in Wallenberg, a new musical, at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. Wallenberg runs until 11/21.
9.19.10 - Leah will be appearing in 8Minute Musicals, part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, on October 4th and 5th.
7.24.10 - Leah will be playing Magnolia in the St Louis Muny's production of Showboat from August 9th through the 15th.
1.5.10 - Leah appeared as Tessie and understudied the leading role of Betty in White Christmas on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre this past holiday season. It was Leah's fourth time performing at the Marquis!
7.30.09 - Leah was a Street Singer in Leonard Bernstein's MASS with the Baltimore Symphony last year, and the recording is now available on I-tunes, Barnes&Noble.com, and Amazon.com. Listen for Leah as the first female solo on track 19!
7.23.09 - Leah is in rehearsal for Sondheim's Marry Me a Little, running August 13th-29th at the Dorset Theatre Festival in VT.
6.1.09 - Leah recently performed the role of Cosette (for the fourth time!) in Theatre Under the Stars’ production of Les Miserables in Houston, TX.
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