After moving to New York City, Young worked his way up through the ranks of the theater scene with roles in numerous regional and off-Broadway plays, including the New York-area premiere of Michael Healey's The Drawer Boy with actor John Mahoney; "Charlie" in Julia Jordan's The Summer of the Swans; "Moritz" in the Douglas Langworthy translation of Wedekind's Spring Awakening; and "Claudio" in Rinne Groff's The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem for the Target Margin Theatre.He was named one of the Best Featured Actors in a Play by the New Jersey Star-Ledger as "Danny Saunders" in Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok's dramatic adaptation of Potok's book, The Chosen, opposite Theodore Bikel, directed by David Ellenstein.Starring many of the stage show’s original cast members, plus Christopher Walken as a mob boss who encourages the young Valli to pursue his dreams, it’s a rousing, handsomely made production that should bring Young big screen stardom.Clint Eastwood keeps things very close to this chest and I have the same kind of personality so we had very short words with each other of admiration and the next time I met him was on the set of the movie John Lloyd Young Certainly it’s a step up from his sole other movie credit, a comedy called Oy Vey!
Over the course of the season, he continues to prove himself on the job, booking Drama's role in the new NBC series Five Towns.
Actually, John Lloyd Young looks a little dangerous.
He tells the opening night audience at the Café Carlyle as he performs a few songs wearing impenetrable aviator shades – so that “we can be in a cocoon, just me, you and the music” – that he would turn off the lights in the recording studio AND wear the shades while cutting his debut album of 1960s songs “My Turn.” And then there’s his mastery of Northern Shaolin style kung fu. “I use it on stage," he tells me after the Tuesday night show.
Young was starstruck by Broadway from the beginning.
At age 2 he was singing; at age 3 he was performing.