Leenya Rideout's wide range of disciplines as well as her unique and sometimes offbeat take on the human condition have enabled her to reach audiences in theatres, cabarets, and music festivals around the world. She has worked with such directors as Phyllida Lloyd, John Doyle, Marianne Elliott, Sam Mendes, Rob Marshall, David Leveaux, Les Waters, and Mike Newell as well as Master Puppeteers Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler. She has premiered roles in new plays and musicals in theaters and festivals all over the country. Her songwriting and arranging blend folk, rock and bluegrass with a Celtic edge. A native of the Rocky Mountains, she now resides in Manhattan with her husband, actor Ted Koch.
Broadway Pops Concert Bio
Leenya Rideout has appeared on Broadway in War Horse, Cyrano de Bergerac with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner, John Doyle's Company as Jenny, and the 1998 revival of Cabaret (original cast).
Off-Broadway credits include The Taming of the Shrew in Shakespeare in the Park, The Eternal Anniversary at the 59 E. 59th St.-Summer Shorts Festival, Yiddle with a Fiddle at the American Jewish Theatre, The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show at the Melting Pot Theatre Company, and Cowgirls at the Minetta Lane Theatre.
Most recently, Leenya played the role of Phoebe in As You Like it at Classic Stage directed by John Doyle, and the role of Martha in Polly Stenham's That Face at Baltimore Center Stage, premiering their brand new Third Space in the round. Before that, she played Guenevere in the legendary Camelot with Kevin McGuire as Arthur and Oliver R. Thornton as Lancelot at Capital Repertory Theater after revisiting the role of Aldonza in Milwaukee Repertory's production of Man of La Mancha costarring Nathaniel Stampley and directed by Artistic Director, Mark Clements. She originated the role of Katherine in Christy Hall and Scott Alan's new play with music, Home at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. Leenya played the Widow in the historic first all female cast of Taming of the Shrew in Shakespeare in the Park directed by Phyllida Lloyd. She was also the onstage music director and understudied Judy Gold in the role of Gremio. Leenya performed the role of Jo Carlson in the 20th Anniversary production of Cowgirls at the Pioneer Theatre Company directed by Artistic Director Karen Azenburg. She played the role of Chelsea Thayer in On Golden Pond directed by Eric Woodall at Casa Manana Theater & reprised the role of Aldonza/Dulcinea in Cape Fear Regional Theater's production of Man of La Mancha in the 400th Anniversary of the classic novel and 50th Anniversary of the Broadway musical directed by Artistic Director Tom Quaintance. She worked with Artistic Director Laura Kepley at Cleveland Playhouse in the premiere of Eric Coble's new play, Fairfield. She portrayed Martha in The Secret Garden at Capital Repertory Theatre after performing for the first time at Cleveland Playhouse and then Milwaukee Rep as a part of the cast of Woody Sez starring David Lutken. She played the part of Jeanette in Neil Simon's The Last of the Red Hot Lovers at the Hangar Theatre, in a musical that she cowrote entitled Holidays with the Chalks at the Alliance Theatre (nominated for two 2012 Atlanta Theater Fan Awards), Gussie in Merrily We Roll Along at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park directed by John Doyle, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha at ACCC, Cardenio at ART, Summer of 42 at Mill Mountain Theater, The Canterbury Tales at the Guthrie Theater, Guys and Dolls at North Carolina Theatre, Avenue X at Cincinnati Playhouse & Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Honky Tonk Highway at The Florida Studio Theatre, and Carousel at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre.
Leenya toured the U.S., Canada, and Asia as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
Leenya's original musical, Wild Abandon, featuring her original songs and the artwork of her mother, Lynn Rideout, was featured in the Avant Ground New Works Festival at the Cleveland Playhouse in 2015.
Leenya can be seen in such films as Mona Lisa Smile, Loser, Bittersweet, and The Singing Biologist. Her Television credits include the PBS Great Performance Broadcasts of Company, Cyrano de Bergerac, and My Favorite Broadway (with Anna Kendrick), USA Network's Nashville Star, and the Jerry Lewis Telethon (as The Chalks).
Leenya's concert work includes Sondheim Unplugged and Two Legit to Quit at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Unsung Menken at 54 Below, The Induction of Tennessee Williams into the St. John the Divine Poet's Corner with Olympia Dukakis and Vanessa Redgrave, Wall to Wall Harlem Resonance and Wall to Wall Broadway with Alex and Paul Gemignani at Symphony Space, Nothing Like a Dame 2007 (performer and arranger), Gypsy of the Year 2002 (performer, composer, and arranger) and Bringing Broadway Back Home with the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra with her brother, tenor Vale Rideout. In 2010, she was a featured reader in Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts. She is a two time medal winner and won the Johnny Mercer Award in the Savannah Music Festival's American Traditions Vocal Competition. Leenya is on the list of artists for the Broadway Pops Concert circuit.
Writing urban folk with a Celtic edge, Leenya is a songwriter who has performed her original songs and arrangements of her favorite cover songs all across the country and in venues all over New York city including The Canal Room (opening for Unforgettable Fire), The Bitter End, 54 Below, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Cutting Room, The Underground Lounge, The Rodeo Bar, The Back Fence, The Path Cafe, Pikestock at the Milford Theater Festival, and the Church of the Heavenly Rest Cafe.
Her debut solo album of 14 original songs "Phoenix" is available on iTunes.
As a fiddle player and vocalist/arranger, she has performed in bands such as The Chalks, The RoSSies, Finn's Fury, Gael Force, and the Neil Scott Johnson Band.
Now a Manhattan resident, where she lives with her husband, actor Ted Koch, she is a native of the Rocky Mountains where she grew up playing folk, country, and bluegrass. She is an honor graduate of the University of Colorado School of Music with a voice performance major and a violin performance minor. She taught for two years as an adjunct Professor of Voice at New York University.
BROADWAY: Baby Joey and Matron Calahan in War Horse; Cyrano de Bergerac; Jenny in Company; Texas & Lulu in Cabaret (1998 Revival).
OFF-BROADWAY: Phoebe in As You Like it (Classic Stage and Bay Street Theater);Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare in the Park); The Eternal Anniversary (59 E. 59th St.); Yiddle in Yiddle with a Fiddle (American Jewish Theater); Karin in The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show (Melting Pot Theatre); Cowgirls (Minetta Lane).
REGIONAL: Martha in That Face (Baltimore Center Stage); Aldonza in Man of La Mancha (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Katherine in Home (Adirondack Theater Festival); Jo in Cowgirls (Pioneer Theatre Company); Chelsea in On Golden Pond, (Casa Manana); Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha, (CFRT); Molly in Fairfield (Cleveland Playhouse); Martha in The Secret Garden, Capital Repertory Theater, Clara & Union Maid in Woody Sez (Cleveland Playhouse, Theater J, and Milwaukee Rep); Jeannette Fisher in The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Miss Cratchitt & Electra in Gypsy (Hangar Theatre); Belva Chalk in Holidays with the Chalks (Alliance Theatre); Gussie in Merrily We Roll Along (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of LaMancha (ACCC); Susana in Cardenio (ART); Cook in Canterbury Tales (Guthrie); Barbara in Avenue X (Cincinnati Playhouse & Merrimack Rep); Dorothy in Summer of '42 (Mill Mountain Theater); Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (North Carolina Theater).
INTERNATIONAL TOUR: Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. FILM: Mona Lisa Smile, Loser. TV: Company (PBS); Cyrano de Bergerac (PBS); My Favorite Broadway(PBS); Nashville Star (USA).
CONCERT: Wall to Wall Broadway (Symphony Space); Bringing Broadway Back Home (Fort Collins Symphony). Original songs: www.leenya.com Love to Ted.