Les is originally from Salina, Kansas and a graduate of Kansas State University. In addition to his critically acclaimed portrayal of FRANK SINATRA in the Las Vegas production of The Rat Pack is Back and the Branson show The Rat Pack –Live and Swingin’, Les is a highly sought after solo performer and performs his award winning one-man show Les Lankhorst in RED, HOT & SWING! all over the world in concert venues, resorts and on cruise ships. He is also now booking his brand new, self-produced Rat Pack show Les Lankhorst presents, direct from Vegas – the Rat Pack Live!
He got his start in theatre in Kansas City, Missouri and continued it in New York City and all over the country. One of Les’ favorite theatrical experiences was playing The Pharaoh in the hit musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Fireside Theatre in Wisconsin as well as in the national touring company of Joseph…Dreamcoat. He also starred in New York City as another pharaoh in the short-lived Off-Broadway musical Moses, My Love. Les has appeared in various film and television projects including Law & Order, The Rear Window (starring the late Christopher Reeves) and In & Out (starring Kevin Kline). But his favorite on camera experience has to be working alongside Robert Redford and James Gandolfini as Redford’s bodyguard in the Dreamworks film The Last Castle.
Les is heavily influenced by some of the world’s legendary swing/jazz vocalists including Mel Torme’, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick Jr. and of course Frank Sinatra as well as more contemporary vocalists such as Josh Groban and Michael Buble’. His rousing Solo Show will leave you cheering and singing all the way home!
Selected Les Lankhorst Reviews:
• Les Lankhorst Brings High Class to the High Seas
Guests of Holland America's Statendam were treated to a magnificent concert by tribute artist LES LANKHORST on this year's Christmas cruise to the Panama Canal. For one night only, Lankhorst took the stage and presented a beautiful selection of standards made famous by vocal giants: Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme', Nat King Cole, Harry Connick Jr., Bobby Darin and Hugh Jackman.
Lankhorst appeared in the national touring company of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He also starred in New York as Pharaoh in the Off-Broadway musical Moses, My Love. Dapper and warm-hearted, he charmed the Holland America audience with silver renditions of Christmas classics, Sinatra standards, and selections from the legitimate stage, including Bring Him Home from Les Miserables'.
• Les Lankhorst escorts audiences down memory lane of the crooner’s hits that spanned a 50 year career...
He sounds just like Frankie on some songs and very much like Frank on some others. Still, he makes the music his own without changing too much. That, alone is a plus for the performance. People know what a specific song sounds like and expect something very similar. Lankhorst achieves this high performance level without imitation...
As for Lankhorst, his velvet notes and baritone match perfectly with the Sinatra-themed show. Though much younger than the Rat Pack members, his vocal style would make him equitable with them and their music. Most of the songs performed do not require a lot of range or force, but when needed, that force, power, and emotion come effortlessly to Lankhorst. Doing Sinatra’s music appears to be a natural fit for the crooner....
Each and every song drew thunderous applause and audience approval. Credit ...especially Lankhorst with creating and performing a plethora of Frank Sinatra hits–and no misses. What a fantastic evening of entertainment, geared toward family fun and many memories.Bob Evans
• Dear Les~
Your concert on Friday night was, quite simply, extraordinary. You have a tremendous voice—a voice with great range, great clarity, and great passion. You also have a very nice style and your presence makes everyone in the audience feel very, very comfortable. I think you could see by the two standing ovations that the audience agrees that you are a first-rate and terrific singer and that you are, indeed, a rising star as a musical talent.
Jon Wefald, President, Kansas State University
• What a wonderful, seasoned singer—he is heading to the top…the best singer we’ve worked with in 20 years! Al Pierson -owner & conductor of the Guy Lombardo Orchestra
• Les Lankhorst delivers the goods, from swagger to swing to sweet melancholy notes…
Chico State Press
• Dear Les,
Your performance last Thursday night was transcendent. I never saw Frank Sinatra live but watching you, hearing you, and being mesmerized by you during ‘My Way’ must be what it would have felt like to see Frank perform live. What an extraordinary performance!- thank you.
All the best,
Debra Lucchi – Charlotte, NC
• My husband and I loved his show. The fact that he incorporated talent (a cellist and a singer) from a local college into some of his renditions impressed us. The wonderful love songs from the past 50 years were so romantic, and made our Valentine’s Day very special!
Regina Musialowski - The Charlotte Observer (Feb 20, 2009)
• Les Lankhorst has taken on the role of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, with remarkable ease. “Come Fly with Me,” ”I’ve Got you Under my Skin,” and “Fly Me to the Moon,” brought back memories of evenings at my grandmother’s. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without “My Way”
…By the way, have I mentioned that I love this show?
Review by Karen Lambruschi, Charlotte Arts ala’ Carte
• …Les Lankhorst caresses lyrics until he makes them purr.
Robert W. McDowell, TRIANGLE THEATER REVIEW
• Lankhorst, without becoming imitative, demonstrates full comprehension of Sinatra’s ability to phrase with consummate precision… The Springfield Republican