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June 20, 2014

Valli Boy


"But my girlfriend Alison assures me that my struggles were probably harder on him than they ever were on me. So I am very, very proud to share this with my father."

His father was Strategic Air Command tanker-squadron commander at Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

Young’s final Plattsburgh Summer Theater role was in the “King and I,” which starred Ron Raines (“Guiding Light’s” Alan Spaulding).

Thespian pursuits for Young and his sister continued in a four-year stint in Omaha, Nebraska.

Then, the family was reassigned to Plattsburgh, where Young was active in the Plattsburgh High School Drama Club and hosted his own WCFE-FM Sunday show, “On and Off Broadway.”



1993 PHS alum, Young was a Rotary Club International exchange student in Caracas, Venezuela. He wrote monthly articles about his experiences for the Press-Republican.

“The Great White Way” was not unfamiliar to Young as family outings included Broadway shows.

At Brown University, he graduated with honors in Theatre Arts and relocated to NYC to climb his way to stardom line by line, note by note.

“He did a lot of Off-Broadway things,” Abrams-Young said. “He did a lot of readings. He did a lot of auditioning but he was an excellent, excellent singer naturally. The falsetto voice is very special. So, he has that. Not everyone has a falsetto voice. Not everyone can be Frankie Valli.”



Young starred on Broadway in “Jersey Boys” for two years before relocating to Los Angeles.

Now in a cinematic adaptation, he reprises his starring role.

Many times, even though someone wins rave reviews on Broadway, an established actor will be chosen for the movie version of the role.

But Abrams-Young said Eastwood wanted Young to play the part he made famous.

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