|LEAH BASS (Esther): Leah is excited to be back on stage after a long absence. She is grateful for this opportunity and thanks her family for their unwavering support and encouragement. She is making her second appearance in an Art Shulman production, her first being Old Broads Can’t Dunk.
Leah began her career as a concert dancer with the Frank Ashley Dance Company based at The Henry Settlement, NYC. Thanks to Nat Horne, Tony Award winning choreographer, Henry LeTang, and jazz master, Frank Hatchett, she soon transitioned to the stage.
Off Off Broadway found her singing and dancing in workshops, regional theaters and even choreographing and dancing at Jones Beach as a member of the Howard Roberts Chorale. Performances in Bojangles (AMAS Repertory Theatre); followed by On Toby Time (Universalist Church); Shim Sham (Allentown Theatre); Ain’t Misbehavin’ ; Little Shop of Horrors (Hippodrome Theatre) Merrily We Roll Along (University of Gainesville); A My Name is Alice (The Attic Theater) and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow is Enuf (Crossroads Repertory Theatre), provided opportunities for her to choreograph, sing, dance, and act.
Summer stock credits include The Wiz and Chicago followed by national tours of Guys and Dolls and Timbuktu and international tours of Carmen Jones; Black Nativity and Arms Too Short To Box With God. Broadway choreographer, Danny Daniels called and Leah found herself in the Broadway company of The Tap Dance Kid as Dance Captain and understudy to the role of Carole. As the Dance captain, Leah had the opportunity to work with such Broadway luminaries as, Hinton Battle, Savion Glover, Dule Hill, Alan Weeks, and the incomparable Harold Nicholas.