February 17, 2013

John Lloyd Young Shines at Café Carlyle!

February 17th, 2013

JLY Cafe Concert Playbill
John Lloyd Young in concert at Café Carlyle (Photo Credit: Tristan Fuge–For more photos, visit Playbill.com.)

Through February 23, John Lloyd Young is performing at Café Carlyle. Check out a sneak peek of the reviews from his amazing debut:

Regina Weinreich, The Huffington Post: From beginning to end, John Lloyd Young’s performance at the Café Carlyle was a love affair attuned to the Valentine’s Day of your youth. “You’re Just Too Good to be True,” the Tony-winning original “Frankie Valli” from Jersey Boys crooned, to “How Can I Be Sure,” followed by an homage to the room itself. Richard Rodgers lived here, Elaine Stritch still lives here, now it’s “My Turn.” Noting too the canvas murals by costume designer Marcel Vertes, who died in 1961, the dimple-chinned Young seemed to be pinching himself that he would now be working in such a swell place.

You can be crucified for breaking convention, he said, dispensing with such clichés as walking off stage only to come back for an encore of “Hold Me” and “Let’s Stay Together.” He just went for it. I, for one, did not want the night to end.

Stephen Holden, New York Times: Mr. Young, who has the look and attitude of a sensitive slick-haired late-1950s street kid (he is 37), achieved Broadway glory playing Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys.” He has a disciplined one-in-a-million high tenor shading into falsetto that he can direct through the stratosphere with a precision that few male singers deploy with any comfort. Listening to him sing the 1969 Eddie Holman hit, “Hey There Lonely Girl,” conjured memories of very late nights spent leaning against a jukebox four decades ago in a smoke-filled bar hearing a cry that distilled the post-adolescent pining that brought me there.

That kind of extreme romanticism and the male vulnerability it signifies have all but disappeared from pop. If any single voice can bring back a vocal sound that is synonymous with ’50s and ’60s nostalgia, it may be Mr. Young’s.

For additional info on JLY’s Café Carlyle performances, visit www.thecarlyle.com.


  1. Everyone should go to see John if they can, he’s Amazing!!

    You love him playing Mr. Valli, but you will fall in love with Mr. Young…..I will be going back this week to see him again, I love MY Turn, his CD, but he added more songs that I hope he can record and put on ITunes or whatever!! Please go and see him if you can, It’s a wonderful show and you will be happy that you did…Thank You JLY!!! xoxoxox

    Comment by Jody Cardillo — February 17, 2013 @ 1:58 am

  2. Hi John Lloyd,
    What great reviews that say what your fans have known all along that you have a tremendous talent in everything you do. Your voice is incredible!!!!!

    We were at the show “Opening Night” last Tuesday and you performed your show flawless.
    The songs that you sing, bring many memories back and your short stories that you tell us about yourself are great.
    Thank You for giving us this terrific evening. We will be going back to Cafe Carlyle very soon to see you perform again. It was so nice to talk to you after the show and get a Hug!!

    See You Soon,

    Comment by viv — February 17, 2013 @ 8:28 am

  3. John is so good at whatever he does he’s awesome !! I wasn’t able to see this concert because I’m in Florida now. I saw him at Lincoln center 5 years ago and he was great ! THEA

    Comment by Thea — February 26, 2013 @ 1:44 am

  4. JLY is the most talented singer to come along. I wish he would do a televised show. He makes you feel as though he is singing right to you.

    Comment by Ann — September 21, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

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