John Lloyd Young Bio
Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young is the star of Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of the Broadway and international stage hit, JERSEY BOYS. Having originated the role of “Frankie Valli” in the original Broadway production, Mr. Young joins a select few actors in entertainment history who took their Tony-winning stage role to the big screen. Young sings lead vocals on the Grammy-winning, Certified-Platinum Original Broadway cast album, as well as the new JERSEY BOYS movie album. As Valli onstage, Young became the only American actor in history to win all four major leading actor honors in 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. In 2013, Young returned to his award-winning turn in JERSEY BOYS on Broadway for a limited engagement and in 2014, Young made his West End debut, playing the role at London’s Piccadilly Theatre. In February 2013 Young debuted at New York’s prestigious Cafe Carlyle. Reviewing his performance, THE NEW YORK TIMES wrote that Young “has a disciplined one-in-a-million high tenor shading into falsetto that he can direct through the stratosphere.”
A resident of Los Angeles, Mr. Young is a graduate of Brown University. Before college, he spent a year abroad as a Rotary Club International exchange student in Caracas, Venezuela, and he spent his third year of college studying at the University of Salamanca, Spain as a student of Spanish and World and Art History. He has played to sold-out audiences of 17,000-plus as “Marius” in LES MISERABLES at the Hollywood Bowl; was the first-ever guest star invited to appear on Fox’s hit comedy, GLEE; guest-starred on CBS-TV’s drama, VEGAS, opposite Michael Chiklis; and appeared on film in the title role of the family comedy OY VEY, MY SON IS GAY, opposite Lainie Kazan. Young has played to live audiences at the White House, Carnegie Hall, New Year’s Eve in Times Square, Lincoln Center, Yankee Stadium, Dodgers Stadium, the New York City Marathon, Kennedy Center, San Francisco’s Feinstein’s at the Nikko, the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Lakers and the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Champions the Los Angeles Kings, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Radio City Music Hall. Mr. Young’s debut album MY TURN… is available on iTunes and Amazon.com. MY TURN… seeks to authentically re-create R&B hits from the Sixties era, with all-live, acoustic instrumentals and unaltered vocals. The album is Executive Produced by Dona R. Miller, Mr. Young’s Under the Skyway Productions, and GLEE music producer, Tommy Faragher.
Young has shown and sold his pop-inspired contemporary art across the country in fine art galleries. His first art commission was for Spago, Beverly Hills. Among charities Mr. Young enthusiastically supports are AIDS Project Los Angeles, amfAR, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang, the USO, and the Actors Fund of America. Young practices kung fu, is fluent in Spanish, and is studying Mandarin Chinese. John Lloyd Young was appointed by Barack Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, sworn in by Justice Elena Kagan at the Supreme Court, November 2013.