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John Lloyd Young at Feinstein’s / 54 Below is 100 Watt Bulb

John Lloyd Young at Feinstein’s / 54 Below is 100 Watt Bulb

John Lloyd Young, is best known as a Tony and Grammy winner, multi-Platinum recording artist and Presidential Appointee who originated the role of  “Frankie Valli” in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Jersey Boys. For his work it that show, he became the only actor to win win he Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Award for a Broadway debut. He was hand-picked by director Clint Eastwood to reprise his role in the Warner Bros.

John Lloyd Young

John Lloyd Young

He has sung for the Kennedys, Clintons, Bushes, Obamas, Bidens, Trumps, Pences and the Prime Minister and First Lady, Shinzo and Akie Abe, of Japan.

In his newest concert at Feinstein’s / 54 Below he is joined by musical director Tommy Faragher.

John Lloyd Young

John Lloyd Young

The falsetto-voiced, 85-minute evening of Broadway music started off with a rock take on “So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard” from The Wiz, lapsing into a  50’s crooner version of I Have Dreamed,” from The King and I.

He wasn’t completely sure about the lyrics to “All I Care About” from Chicago, and he and Faragher needed a little more rehearsal on this song, as they aren’t always together. Young went on to apologize the entire night stating this was a new addition.

John Lloyd Young

John Lloyd Young

Young’s grandmother’s favorite show was The Music Man and Young honored her with “Till There Was You.”

Richard Rodgers, “My Heart Stood Still” showed off Young’s wonderful phrasing.

In high school Young sang “Where Do I Go” from Hair and he must have stopped the show as this version was extremely well done and soulful.

I have always been a fan of “Never Will I Marry”  from Frank Lesser’s Greenwillow, and Young embodied the stark longing of this wonderfully sung piece.

In his Hollywood Bowl debut he sang “Empty Chairs At Empty Tables” from Les Miz, and repeated this star winning performance.

Tommy Faragher got his chance to sing in duets, but he stood out with “Stand By Me.”

On the upswing and more to his fans tastes Young lapsed into “My Eyes Adored You,” “Can’t Take My Eyes off You,” “Working My Way Back To You,” and “Sherry.” Never having been a fan of  the Jersey Boys era, after seeing Young sing these iconic songs I can see why he and the show were and are a big hit.

Fans got the thrill of there lifetime when Young

A while later, a hip swiveled out into the house to steal “One Last Kiss” from several women.

He won their hearts even more with a crooning “Unchained Melody.”

A fresh and impassioned version of “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha came off  bluesy and reflective.

But the best number of the night was Dreamgirls powerful declaration “I Am Changing.”
Finishing off the night in perfect style was the title song to Grease.
The crooner has grown up and I found his rock songs intriguing and wanted to hear more. The Broadway standards made me want to see Young in a classically traditional musical. Young’s best quality is his attention to lyric. He makes you feel the emotional attachment. At times Faragher seemed to be pounding on the keys instead of caressing them and some of the arrangements could have used a better twist, but you will leave this show with a smile on your face.

John Lloyd Young: Feinstein’s / 54 Below

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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