2015 Guest Artist: Ron Raines
Dividing his time between the stage, screen and recording studio, Ron Raines has established himself as one of Broadway's most venerable leading men. Raines recently thrilled Broadway audiences with his Tony Award nominated performance as Ben Stone in the much-heralded revival of Sondheim's Follies. In 2014, Raines appeared on Broadway as the iconic Daddy Warbucks in the revival of Annie, Joseph Pulitzer in Disney's hit musical Newsies, and Isidor Straus in the critically acclaimed Lincoln Center revival of Maury Yeston's Titanic. Additional performances on Broadway include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat, and Nick Longworth in Teddy & Alice. Raines' prolific career includes appearances nationally and internationally in productions of South Pacific, Annie, Kiss Me, Kate, Can-Can, The King and I, Brigadoon, Oklahoma!, Carousel, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music, Kismet, andMan of La Mancha. On screen, his 15-year tenure as Alan Spaulding on CBS' Guiding Light earned him three Emmy Award and Soap Opera Digest Award nominations. His singing has been featured in four PBS Great Performances national telecasts and an Evening at Pops! telecast with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. Last season, Raines guest-starred on the hit CBS' dramas Person of Interest and Elementary. A prolific discography includes nearly thirty recordings, among them successful solo albums Broadway Passion and So In Love With Broadway; thirteen complete cast recordings, and the Grammy Award nominated 2012 recording of Sondheim's Follies with Bernadette Peters, Elaine Paige, Jan Maxwell and Danny Burstein. Raines has appeared with virtually every major symphony and pops orchestra, with San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Pacific, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, and in 2014 joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for Susan Stroman's new production of The Merry Widow.
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