Photo Flash: John Lloyd Young Performs At Actors Fund Benefit
Theo Bikel and the Los Angeles theatrical community joined Tony Award Winner John Lloyd Young along with Musical Director Michael Orland as they took center stage for the Actors Fund concert series entitled MUSICAL MONDAYS, a series of Cabaret events in the lobby of the historic Pantages Theatre on December 13th. Produced by John Bowab and Martin Wiviott, the intimate concerts has featured some of theatre's finest performers including Brian Stokes Mitchell, Melissa Manchester, Peter Gallagher, Valarie Pettiford, Alice Ripley, Emily Skinner, Sam Harris and Stephen Schwartz. Proceeds from this evenings benefit will go towards The Actors Fund's comprehensive programs and services.
Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young originated the role of "Frankie Valli" in JERSEY BOYS, the Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and he sings lead vocals on the Grammy-winning, certified-platinum JERSEY BOYS album. As Frankie Valli, Mr. Young became the only American actor in history to win all four major acting honors for a Broadway debut: the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards. His other honors for JERSEY BOYS include a caricature at NY's world-famous Sardi's Restaurant, and being named "Person of the Week" by ABC World News Tonight. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Mr. Young appeared to sold-out audiences of 17,000-plus as "Marius" in LES MISERABLES at the Hollywood Bowl, played the title role in the feature film comedy, OY VEY! MY SON IS GAY!, opposite Lainie Kazan, and was the first-ever guest star invited to appear on Fox's hit, Golden Globe Award-winning comedy, GLEE, as thumbless cough-syrup addict, "Henri." The episode, "Acafellas," is one of GLEE's top episode downloads. Mr. Young has played to audiences at the White House, Carnegie Hall, New Year's Eve in Times Square, in two sold-out solo concerts at Lincoln Center, Yankee Stadium, the New York City Marathon, Kennedy Center, Staples Center, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Radio City Music Hall. In May 2010 Mr. Young debuted as a visual artist in a show at Willis Wonderland, the Valley Village home of Grammy-winning songwriter, Allee Willis.
THE ACTORS FUND is a national human services organization that helps everyone - performers and those behind the scenes - who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping nearly 12,000 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund's programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has - for over 125 years - been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. Visit www.actorsfund.org
Photo credit: Lily Lim