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June 20, 2014

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Taking a strategy out of Meryl Streep’s how-not-to-be-typecast playbook, Young made his film debut in “Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!!,” portraying Nelson Hirsch, a Jewish North Shore Long Islander, who comes out to his parents, Shirley (Lainie Kazan) and Martin (Saul Rubinek), at a cousin’s wedding.

“I had been offered to audition for lots of different roles,” said Young in a 2009 Press-Republican interview before the movie’s Montreal premiere, which was his first.

“’Jersey Boys’ gave me the means to not have to say yes to every job offer. I wanted to find another character with dignity.”

 

DESERVED IT

The movie trailers captions __ It all started with a sound … that became a sensation __ aptly mirror Young’s rise.

At 38, he’s well on his way with a Sardi’s caricature, a role (Marius) in a stadium production of “Les Miserables” and recent appointment by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

At the 60th Tony Awards, he vied against Michael Cerveris, Harry Connick Jr., Stephen Lynch and Bob Martin for Best Actor.

“Harry Connick Jr. said to me at the Tonys later, ‘He really deserved it,’” Abrams-Young recalled.

Now, area fans that missed him on Broadway get to hear Young’s vocal prowess and witness his thespian magnetism for themselves.

 

Email Robin Caudell:

rcaudell@pressrepublican.com

 

IF YOU GO WHAT: "Jersey Boys," starring John Lloyd Young and directed by Clint Eastwood. WHERE: Cumberland 12 Cinemas, 18 North Bowl Lane, Plattsburgh, 324-3888. WHEN: 12:55 and 3:45 p.m. ($8) and 6:40 and 9:30 p.m. ($10.50).

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