jeff leibow
actor • singer • dancer • voice over • producer
 
   

All about Jeff
Download my resume (pdf) • listen to my voice over demos

Jeff got a late start in the world of theater...but we'll get to that later.

Jeff was born in Los Angeles, CA...a few decades ago. He was the second young Leibow to arrive; his sister was the first a few years earlier. Although, music was always a part of his life as he was growing up, it was more in the form of James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Ricki Lee Nelson, The Eagles, John Denver and the scores of classical recordings he learned to love at a very young age.

His interest in music took its form initially in instrumental music. He took guitar lessons at 8 years old, followed his dad's footsteps playing the flute at 9, started piano at 10, oboe/English horn at 13 and even had a brief stint as the bassist in "Something New" a brilliant (if I do say so myself) high school cover band at 15. He didn't even know he could sing until he was preparing for his Bar Mitzvah (actually, there was that guitar recital when he was 8, but he tries to forget that).

He eventually realized the convenience of the voice as an instrument - you could take it wherever you go, you did have to buy new strings all the time or spend hours making reeds. So, mom's car became his practice room and concert hall until a friend asked him to audition for a production of The Sound of Music at Santa Monica High School. He was all ready to sing in front of people on stage, when the same friend said they would be sitting in the front row of the house during the audition. With memories of that first guitar recital lingering in his mind, he backed out of the audition.

With some "gentle" parental persuasion, he ended up a Zoology major at UC Davis instead of an instrumental music major at a conservatory. Then in his junior year another friend dared him to audition for a production of A Chorus Line, and as if to make up for backing out of that high school audition years earlier, he went and landed the role of Mark and was instantly bit by the theater bug.

Fast forward past the B.S. in Zoology and his temporary foray into Molecular and Cellular Biology, past his first professional show at Music Circus in Sacramento, CA, past his training in New York, past getting stuck, broke in the San Francisco Bay Area, past getting hired to market supercomputers to science customers at Silicon Graphics, Inc. (and getting RIF'd with 1000 of his collegues 3 1/2 years later), past getting a job at NASA (seriously) and we get to the good stuff...

Amidst all the craziness, he realized how much he missed theater. So, he started to explore the San Francisco Bay Area theater scene. Along the way, he earned his Equity card, landed some great roles (favorites: The Last Five Years (Jamie), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Man 1), Putting It Together (Barry) and Smokey Joe's Cafe (Michael)) and most importantly met and married his beautiful, talented wife, Melody.

And then, to add to his good fortune, he was cast as "Nick Massi" in the Las Vegas company of Jersey Boys. After a short run at San Francisco's Curran Theatre, Jeff, with the Las Vegas company of Jersey Boys made his debut at the brand new Jersey Boys Theatre at the Palazzo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

It has been three years since he moved to Las Vegas...here's what's happened since: he is still loving his role as "Nick Massi" in Jersey Boys; he has recently appeared in a the Will Farrell/Mark Walberg comedy, The Other Guys with his fellow Jersey Boys, Deven May, Travis Cloer and Peter Saide; he has appeared on a number of TV shows (including America's Got Talent, Live With Regis and Kelly and The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards with Marie Osmond and Chubby Checker); he has taken up song writing...but most importantly, he has added a new role to his resume in life, Dad. His daughter was born in the summer of 2009, and his life has changed for the better since that day!

Want to know what I've done on stage? Download my resume (pdf).

 


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