Biography

Cy Young

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Mr. Young began his professional career as a member of the Meryl Abbot Dancers at the Empire Room of Chicago’s Palmer House. After a year on the road dancing the “Steam Heat” number in Pajama Game, he repeated the performance in the New York City Center production. He appeared Off-Broadway in The Boyfriend and Diversions and a revue at New York’s Blue Angel by Chicago’s Fred Ebb. On Broadway, Cy was featured in the musical Girls Against The Boys starring Bert Lahr, and was a principal in Subways Are For Sleeping, a Comden & Green musical. He received rave reviews for his appearance at the chic nightclub, Number One Fifth Avenue, and was a regular performer in revues at New York’s elegant Upstairs At The Downstairs. He can be heard on many Upstairs recordings. Young is also a featured singer on Ben Bagley’s Painted Smiles albums of Rodgers & Hart and Jerome Kern. Cy performed with the famous childrens’ troupe, The Paper Bag Players, for six months in NYC. Next came a tour with the national company of Once Upon a Mattress playing the Prince to Buster Keaton’s king, followed by a tour of On A Clear Day starring Howard Keel and Karen Black. Mr. Young stopped the show each night with a spectacular rendition of Wait ‘Til We’re Sixty Five. Called to London by Diversions director Steven Vinaver, he starred as Bobby in Sandy Wilson’s Divorce Me Darling at the Globe Theatre and can be heard on the original cast album. He was featured in Bagley’s “Cole Porter” Review in San Francisco. Recently Cy performed in the Oklahoma City Lyric Theater’s productions of The Music Man (Mayor Schinn) and George M (Jerry) and played Clem in Gateway’s Candlewood Playhouse production of the Will Rogers Follies in Connecticut.

Young has had three plays published by Samuel French and three musicals produced in NYC Off-Broadway. Other writing credits: over 40 radio plays for Heartbeat Theatre in Los Angles; animation scripts for Rankin Bass’ Silverhawks TV series (The Blue Door, Sneak Attacks 1 & 2); material for Mort Lachman (Gimme A Break), and R.J. Wagner (Hart-To-Hart). He was head writer for Ralph Andrews at Columbia TV for a game show pilot (Show Me). His screenplay, The Kings of October, was optioned by John Wayne’s Batjak Productions. Young was a segment producer on F. Lee Bailey’s Lie Detector television series. Cy’s song, Draw Me A Circle, is on the Streisand Third Album and was used to open one of her early TV specials. Young’s short story, The Schitzel Connection, is available on Twit Publishing, an internet publishing org. Cy’s CD, Aesop’s Fables, is available on his new website, aesopsshop.com, and can also be purchased by libraries and schools at Midwest Tapes, where he is a vendor. Cy’s musical, The Childrens’ Crusade, has been produced at Oklahoma City University.

Mr. Young is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, Screen Actor’s Guild, and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He holds an Active Membership in The Dramatists Guild as well as The Author’s League of America and is a graduate of Northwestern University. Cy regrets failing to join the Writer’s Guild after receiving three letters from the WGa urging him to become a member.