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PHS grad becomes a Grammy-winning Broadway star!

Young stars as Frankie Valli in the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys. And the original cast recording won producer/songwriter Bob Gaudio the Best Musical Show Album award at the 2007 Grammies last Sunday night. That recording features the lead vocals of Young, who also won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor. Jersey Boys brought home three other of the famed Tony Awards including Best Musical. Jersey Boys, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons has consistently been one of Broadways most popular shows, earning Young many other honors. Young now has a caricature at the world-famous Sardi's Restaurant and was named on three prestigious Best of 2005 lists by Entertainment Weekly, Reader's Digest and The New York Times. Before Jersey Boys, Young had already made many notable appearances including the New York-area premiere of Michael Healys The Drawer Boy. Young played the role of Cooper, a computer technician on NBCs Law and Order. He has appeared on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman, ABC's Live with Regis and Kelly, A&E's Breakfast with the Arts, Entertainment Tonight, Celebrity Jeopardy, and NBC's Today Show three times including Katie Couric's spotlight farewell. Young, of the PHS Class of 93, is a Brown University graduate and member of the William Inge Festival National Advisory Board. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House, New Year's Eve in Times Square, Lincoln Center, Yankee Stadium and the famous Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, and he actually got his start right here in the North Country. When I was in grade school I acted in the summer theatre productions at SUNY Plattsburgh, Young said. During high school the Plattsburgh Rotary Club sent me to Caracas, Venezuela for a year as a Rotary exchange student, and I wrote monthly articles about my experience for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican (the local newspaper). In 2006 Plattsburgh City Mayor Dan Stewart gave Young the key to the city. Mountain Lake PBS is featuring John Lloyd Young in one of the Arts Express programs coming up in March. Young said he doesn't know of any future performances in Plattsburgh because he remains tied up on Broadway with the show! For more information about John Lloyd Young or Jersey Boys, visit www.johnlloydyoung.com.

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