Ronald Young arrived in New York on a Friday and three days at later on Monday at his first Broadway audition, he was cast in the original company of HELLO, DOLLY, starring Carol Channing!
Roles in one hit show after another kept him on Broadway in MAME, GEORGE M!, DIFFERENT TIMES, and in the title role in THE BOY FRIEND, opposite Judy Carne. London audiences saw him in A CHORUS LINE, in the role of Zach, the director.
Off-Broadway he has appeared in DAMES AT SEA, PROMENADE, OH ME, OH MY, OH YOUMANS, and he sang the lead role of Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA at the Actor’s Studio. At the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. he sang the role of the First Rock Singer in Leonard Bernstein’s MASS and can be heard on the original cast recording, singing “I Don’t Know.”
Television audiences have seen him in BALLADS AND BROADSIDES for “Camera 3” on CBS, and Hans Werner Henze’s RACHEL LA CUBANA, an opera presented on PBS in which Mr. Young created seven different characters. Movie appearances include a featured singing number, “An Old Fashioned Melody” in HAIR, and as AMES, the butler in ANNIE.
Ron has appeared with the following leading ladies: Anna Maria Alberghetti, Eve Arden, Lucie Arnaz, Shirley Booth, Carol Channing, Phyllis Diller, Sandy Duncan, Georgia Engel, Rhonda Fleming, Celeste Holm, Angela Lansbury, Ethel Merman, Ann Miller, Liliane Montevecchi, Bernadette Peters, Molly Picon, Ann Reinking, Cathy Rigby, Chita Rivera, Ginger Rogers, Monique van Vooren and Gretchen Wyler.
Mr. Young stood by and went on for both Tommy Tune and Charles “Honi” Coles on Broadway and in the International Company of MY ONE AND ONLY. He later starred in that show with Georgia Engel at Kansas City Starlight Theater and at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Throughout the country he has directed and choreographed productions of 42ND STREET, FUNNY GIRL, GEORGE M!, MY ONE AND ONLY, and STEPPING OUT, for which he won the Drama-Logue Critics Award and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award nomination for the production he choreographed at the Pasadena Playhouse.
He has proudly sung his a capella version of The National Anthem over 130 times at various events and venues.
Ronald Young is also the author of The Only Boy Who Danced, a motivational theater-based book with applications for anyone thinking about a show business career or making a career transition. It is available at www.authorhouse.com (see also DO40 Authors! Authors! link)
After a successful 33 year theatrical career, he transitioned to the corporate world where he found his niche as the Archivist of Merrill Lynch, Inc. He also launched his own professional organizing business, Order Out of Chaos.
Ronald holds two Bachelor Degrees and a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He now resides at his lake home on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in northeast Oklahoma.
Ronald would be delighted to; hold a book signing, speak at a Library event, give his motivational speech - “Follow Your Dreams”, perform his one man show, give a Master Class, be a judge for your beauty or talent competition, or sing the National Anthem for your event.
For more info or to contact Ron go to: www.ronaldyoungentertainer.com