What a way to start 2017. On Saturday and Sunday, 1/28 & 1/29, Joyce and Larry Duke presented me in my one man a cappella show at Big Shots on Monkey Island. I found the smaller nightclub setting to be a good venue for connecting with the audience. We videoed the Saturday show. Enjoy.
A Musical Evening With Ron Young was performed on June 25th and June 26th, 1916, at the Event Tent as a fundraiser for Har-Ber Village in Grove, Oklahoma. It was a typical Oklahoma hot summer evening, and because the Event Tent is partially open air, we had to have about six fans running for the entire show. The whirring is a constant background sound, but you can still hear me sing, talk and tap dance. I found out later that some members of the audience were worried about how the heat would affect me. Hey, I was born in Oklahoma and grew up there. Summers are hot and people sweat. I was fine with that. So, just sit back, ignore the fans and enjoy my musical evening.
On 2/13/16 in Fort Worth, Texas, I will be performing a one man a cappella show, “Songs From My Heart,” for a fund raiser for Arts Fifth Avenue. This is an organization that I have supported for years and now serve on the Advisory Board. In the 80’s Gracey Tune, the Founder and Artistic Director, asked me to come to Ft. Worth to celebration National Tap Dance Day. This included dancing on street corners downtown and was the beginning of an exciting relationship, leading to many guest performances over the years. All friends in the area, please come out and support Arts Fifth Avenue.
On 2/11/15 the Rotary Club of Grove, Oklahoma asked me to sing a Valentine’s Day program for them. This was my first time to sing a whole set acappella. Enjoy.
On August 4, 2013 Jackie (Alloway) Reichman asked me to sing with her at the Boston Avenue Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The church is a beautiful example of Art Deco Architecture with wonderful acoustics. This video of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” from his Requiem was from the 11:00 AM service. Even though we appeared together on Broadway in “George M!” we hadn’t sung a duet since our college days at the University of Tulsa.
In 1995 I returned to Grove, Oklahoma, to help start the Grove Community Playmakers by playing Harold Hill in “The Music Man” on the high school auditorium stage. It started what is going on a 20 year run of an award winning community theater. Last spring I put together the above show, “Songs I Love to Sing” for a benefit. We successfully raised over $12,000 for the theater. Here is a video taken during the show one evening. It is a little over an hour long. I’m very proud of the work that Sally and I did, especially in including the audience so much. I feel like a good time was had by all. Check it out.
I hope you enjoy this video of myself and Gracey Tune at the annual National Tap Dance Day May 25, 2012 in Fort Worth, TX.