"The young actor who plays John Newton, Josh Young, is a staggering
voice and talent—in fact, he’s probably got the strongest
voice I have heard on a stage.”
Today’s Chicago Woman
"Josh Young as John Newton is utterly impeccable. Anyone who saw
him as Judas in Broadway’s 2012 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar
(a role for which he was Tony-nominated) will be glad to find this
music is absolutely perfect for his vocal power and tone. And now audience
members are able to revel in his acting expertise, for the character of
John Newton has the potential to be highly detestable for approximately
80 percent of the show, yet Mr. Young manages to make this unlikable protagonist
Times Square Chronicles
"Josh Young will become a star from his solid work here.”
"It is Josh Young, Tony nominated for his take on Judas in the 2011
revival ofJesus Christ Superstar, who compels the most, though. His
dexterous take on Newton proves he is on his way to Broadway stardom and Amazing
Grace offers up a wonderful opportunity to watch him as he ascends.”
Chicago Theatre Review
"He brings his boundless charisma, athletic good looks and magnificent
bari-tenor voice to the role of the “infidel and libertine”
who, initially without much religious conviction, survives a series of
dramatic, events that result in his “great deliverance.”
Chicago Stage Standard
"Mr. Young has a strong stage presence and a melodious speaking voice.
He manages to take us through an incredulous set of events without once
commenting on his character.”
“He is an athletic, agile singer: he can thunder, he can whisper,
he can whimper, and he can praise. He’s a formidable talent.”
The Times of Northwest Indiana
"Broadway actor and singer Josh Young is the answer to stage prayers”
Times of Northwest Indiana
Le Bon Travel & Culture
"As John Newton, Josh Young is outstanding. The handsome actor with
a delicious and captivating tenor is compelling throughout--especially
when he sings Smith’s passionate refrains in “Never,”
“Testimony,” “Become a Man,” and “Nothing
There to Love,” which he sings in a duet with golden-voiced Erin
Mackey, elegant as Mary.”
Bon Travel & Culture
Paul W. Thompson
"Young, a Tony nominee as Judas in "Jesus Christ Superstar"
and a 2013 BroadwayWorld Chicago Award nominee as Che in "Evita,"
gets to step up from faux-narrator to leading man in this production,
and gets the show off to an incredible start, unleashing his trademarked
voice on the song, "Truly Alive," reminiscent of Douglas Sills
and the whole male ensemble in "The Scarlet Pimpernel" in its
drive and verve. Young seems rarely offstage in this show, and for someone
known as a singer he acts up a storm. This is star-making work from young
Mr. Young. And though his first entrance didn't garner the applause it
was intended to on Sunday night, I have a feeling it will, quite soon.”
“Young throws himself into this role like he's the luckiest youngster
to ever get a promotion, and the one most deserving of a major shot at
fame. He sinks his teeth into the depth and breadth of a lusty man who
even in his youth was likely more complex that we will ever know.”
"Young and Mackey are fiercely charismatic leads with strong chemistry”
Chicago Sun Times
"Josh Young, fleet and golden-voiced in a demanding role”
The Fourth Walsh
"Young makes Newton both likable and despicable. He is able
to be dashing while trafficking human beings. Young never comes
across evil just misguided…over and over.”
"Young has a booming bari-tenor that brings down the house”
Around The Town Chicago
" a powerful performance by Josh Young who has a vocal range that
is absolutely amazing”
The Town Chicago
Chicagoland Theater Reviews
"a brilliant performance by leading man Josh Young that could carry
the show to a solid run on Broadway."
"If “Amazing Grace” does turn into a commercial success,
credit will go primarily to Josh Young. He has a magnificent and expressive
voice, a handsome physical presence, and he can act out the complex personality
of John Newton with both clarity and nuance. How he does it eight performances
a week is a marvel.”
"the show has spirit, spectacle, ambition, professionalism, and Josh
Young. I like its chances in the Big Apple."
Periodical:Atlanta Theater Fans
"The star of the show is Young. He brings a charisma to Che that is partly rebellious and partly compassionate, and that mixture resonates with the audience. From the moment he sings “Oh, What a Circus,” this take on the role gives the show a distinct flavor that works well by displaying the hope for a better tomorrow that the character desires. He provides a steady backbone to the show."
Link: Atlanta Theater Fans
Reviewer: Jim Farmer
Periodical: Arts Atlanta
"Yet this touring production will be remembered for the amazing Young. A Tony nominee for Jesus Christ Superstar who got his professional start in Atlanta with Les Misérables, he’s a remarkable Che with a commanding baritone. Like Che should be, he is as cynical as he is fascinated by Eva. Young makes the character the musical’s magnetic center."
Link: Arts Atlanta
Reviewer: Christine Dolen
Periodical: Miami Herald
"Young, a Tony Award nominee in the recent Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, is a fiercely mesmerizing actor whose superb voice has a dazzling range. When Che is at his most cynical, Young almost snarls his lyrics, though his delivery (and the show’s sound mix overall) is crystal clear. Given the talents of Young and Bowman, the tango-like Waltz for Eva and Che becomes a sensuous face-off between a pair of powerhouse actors."
Link: Miami Herald
Reviewer: D.L. Groover
Periodical: Houston Press
"There is one overwhelming reason to see this version - the performance of Josh Young as Che."
"This compact powerhouse, a Tony nominee in 2012 for his Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, is the real deal, a genuine Broadway star. He's responsible for taking this top-notch production even higher. His rich and resonant voice can wail like a rock star or croon like Crosby. His diction is impeccable. Not even the blinding white-heat of Evita can draw your eyes away from him. When he's not on stage, the place is darker. He turns the ironic "everyman" Che, the show's snarky narrator, into the show's heart and soul."
Link: Houston Press
Reviewer: Brandy Hickey
Periodical: Houston Examiner
"Young’s performance and vocals are astonishing"
Link: Houston Examiner
Reviewer: Thomas Jenkins
Periodical: San Antonio Current
"With some top-notch talent on stage—especially Josh Young as Che—the tour is in good shape."
"Josh Young’s sly, bemused Che steals the show;
effortlessly gliding between the chorus and center stage, he comments on the action with a simply gorgeous baritone voice—the best I’ve ever heard at the Majestic—and what can only be described as an adorable smirk."
"This particular production made something of a splash in NYC because of the Che of Ricky Martin, but I suspect audiences for the tour are just as lucky—perhaps luckier—with the Che of Josh Young. It’s worth a trip downtown just for him."
Link: San Antonio Current
Reviewer: Nancy Churnin
Periodical: Dallas Morning News
"Josh Young’s Che strides through scenes, calling her on her lies to others and, perhaps, to herself. The Tony Award-nominated actor’s voice awes with musical and emotional range as he thunders through “And the Money Kept Rolling In (And Out)” and hurts with sorrow in “High Flying, Adored,” as if willing her to deliver on her promises."
Link: Dallas Morning News
Periodical: The Column
"Josh Young not only sings in the original keys of the score, he even goes beyond that range! His diction is perfect from beginning to end. I mean hell, even on the original recording I can't understand everything Patinkin sings. Not with Mr. Young! You can hear every single word, every lyric, and every verse. Clean, pure, solid diction.
When you get a rock/pop tenor voice like Yunf tacking this complex score, you are in a musical theater heaven! Every song he sings is like a shimmering bauble, that by the end you have a priceless string of vocal jewels around your sense.
Young's acting credit is the final tier to an already star in the making performance. There are scenes where he serves simply as a observer. A soft light always follow him so you can see his facial expressions. He is always there, in the moment, never giving even the slightest hint of false or robotic reaction. His Che is always "on". His stage presence is electrifying and natual .
Josh Young delivers one of those perfomances that audiences will remember forever. It is not to be missed!"
Link: The Column
Reviewer: David Novinski
Periodical: Theater Jones
"Josh Young as Che breaks the company’s staid elegiac number with his “Oh, What a Circus.” And you’re hooked...Josh Young, in an effortless textured baritone, puts truth into the lines in such a way that restores the power of live performance. Young breaks the rhythm into bite-sized pieces demanding your attention and destroying whichever old version of Evita plays on shuffle in your head... there are chills to be had."
Link: Theater Jones
Reviewer: Matthew J. Palm
Periodical: Orlando Sentinel
"In the role, Josh Young blows the roof off the Bob Carr with a big-voiced, canny performance. A Tony nominee for playing Judas in the 2011 revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar," Young's voice is a force of nature — hitting impossibly high notes at top volume, but also displaying a pure falsetto.
His acting is equal to his singing. This Che smirks at Eva's scheming both in disbelief and in appreciation of her audacity. Far better than Martin on Broadway, Young conveys Che's anger at what the Perons have done to his country."
Link: Orlando Sentinel
Reviewer: Jimmy Ferraro
Periodical: Broadway World
"The shining star of this production is the casting of Che. Triple threat and Tony Award winner, Josh Young gives an astoundingly, brilliant performance. His voice is amazing and his acting is natural and honest. In addition, he has mastered his diction making every word he sings and speaks understandably clear. He stopped the show with his rendition of "And the Money Kept Rolling In". Josh Young IS Che. To me, there is no artist yet, that can compare to his performance in this role. He is simply captivating!"
Link: Broadway World
Reviewer: Larisa Mount
Periodical: Broadway World
"Young's Che is equally wonderful. As someone who has spent many hours of my life listening to Mandy Patinkin sing the role on my vinyl copy of the original 1979 Broadway cast recording, I couldn't have imagined another person who could take on the heart and nuance of the role so well as Patinkin - enter Young. He plays the role so eloquently, from the killer high notes to the emotional complexity of the working Argentinian masses, Young's performance is not to be missed."
Link: Broadway World
Reviewer: Dawn Reno Langley
Periodical: Triangle Arts and Entertainment
"Josh Young, represents the “everyman of the lower working class … the voice of the people, not Ché Guevara.”
"But that’s not enough. When a character is strong and representative of a metaphor, the only way it works is if the talent takes over the music. Thankfully, Young does that. In spades. His voice is powerful, passionate and articulated. Every word is spoken with confidence and strength. From the very first moments he is on stage, the audience pays attention and is enthralled with the story he relates."
Link: Triangle Arts and Entertainment
Reviewer: Lawrence Toppman
Periodical: Charlotte Observer
"Josh Young brings a huge, expressive tenor voice to Che; he can scale it down for regretful moments or raise the roof in anger, and every word registers in his compelling performance."
Link: Charlotte Observer
Reviewer: Michael Mulhern
Periodical: Broadway World
"Oh thank heaven and praise Argentina for Josh Young as Che. With his astounding voice, dynamic performance, and broad shoulders, this actor carried the entire show with his charismatic charm from beginning to end. Whether protagonist, antagonist or narrator, he proved himself the true star of the show and his relatable and down to earth ease drew the audience in and took them on the journey. His voice was remarkably gorgeous and soared to impressive heights that brought down the house in The Money Keeps Rolling In."
Link: Broadway World
Reviewer: Brooke Diaz
Periodical: KWOF FM
"Josh Young blows your mind with his phenomenal vocals and sarcastic humor and heart."
Link: KWOF FM
Reviewer: Heather Maloney
Periodical: Denver Examiner
"The true standout of the night was Josh Young. Many adore the narrator character of Che as he is the cynical view that keeps the story grounded in reality. Tony nominated Young delivered the best portrayal of this cherished role in recent memory. His voice is so awe-inspiring that it will bring chills to you throughout the night. The monumental force of his performance truly steals the show."
Link: Denver Examiner
Reviewer: Lisa Kennedy
Periodical: Denver Post
"Josh Young, as the narrator Che, proves a charismatic force, who beguiles with a fearlessly calibrated and just-as-nuanced performance. Young makes "Evita" into a vibrant dissertation on power, the state, ambition and the human desire for larger-than-life leaders."
Link: Denver Post
Reviewer: Eric Andrews-Katz
Periodical: Seattle Gay News
"The real star of this musical pop-opera is the 'Everyday Man,' and unofficial narrator of the musical, Che, played brilliantly by Josh Young. Mr. Young shows his extreme talent from the opening scenes when he is on stage, and where he remains throughout most of the show. His voice is strong, taking complete control of each song and delivering them without failure. Through crafted inflections and subtle expressions, Mr. Young fully expresses the frustration-turned-excitement-turned disappointment at the Perón rise and their governing dictatorship of the country."
Link: Seattle Gay News
Reviewer: Jay Irwin
"But then there was Josh Young as Che who completely nailed every moment of his stage time (which thankfully there is a lot). From the get go he was charismatic and totally immersed in the telling of the story. His voice is a gift from the theater Gods and he knows how to use it particularly during "High Flying Adored" which gave me chills. I credit Young and Alabado for salvaging what could have been a "meh" or even painful evening at the theater for me."
Reviewer: Steven Stanley
Periodical: Stage Scene LA
"Young, Tony-nominated for the role of Judas in the recent Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, is not only a dynamic, sexy presence (and observer of Eva’s rise to fame and her fall from the heights), his gorgeous pipes make the very most of songs like “Oh, What A Circus,” “Rainbow Tour,” and “And The Money Keeps Rolling In.”
Link: Stage Scene LA
Reviewer: Gil Benbrook
Periodical: Talkin' Broadway
"Josh Young is simple amazing as Che. His voice is extremely powerful and his enunciation of every lyric is just about perfect. He is intense as the on-looking narrator of Eva's story and easily shows the frustration at what he sees going on around him. He is often on stage watching the action around him but silent as well, and he never pulls you away from the action, even thoguh you know he is always there. Yound received a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Judas in the recent revival of Jesus Christ Superstar and I expect many more nominations and awards are in his future.
the shortcomings of the show are far outweighed by the driving score and the performances, especially Young's."
Link: Talkin' Broadway
Reviewer: Paul Hodgins
Periodical: Orange County Register
"Josh Young, who plays Che, grabs everyone’s attention whenever the situation demands. His credentials are already impressive – he received a Tony nomination for his Broadway debut as Judas in another Lloyd Webber musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Young owns a powerhouse voice and a magnetic stage presence, and I have no doubt theater fans will be seeing him again in other roles."
Link: Orange County Register
Reviewer: Kerry Lengel
Periodical: Arizona Central
"The highlight of the show is Josh Young’s performance as Che, the ironical narrator who measures the distance between Evita’s heroic image and the much more complicated reality. A Tony Award nominee for playing Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar” on Broadway last year, Young makes a charismatic everyman, and his nimble voice is perfect for Lloyd Webber’s mix of operatic grandeur and down-to-earth rock melodies. — a vast improvement over the stunt-casted Ricky Martin."
Link: Arizona Central
Reviewer: Jewlie Peterson
Periodical: Pheonix New Times
"fortunately, what concrete narration there is belongs to the role of Che, played by Josh Young (a 2012 Tony nominee for Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar). Young walks away with the singing and acting kudos here, bringing compelling musicality, fervor, and emotional color to a difficult part."
Link: Pheonix New Times
Reviewer: Carol Cling
Periodical: Las Vegas Review Journal
"Young is a powerhouse.
A tony nominee for his Judas in the recent "Jesus Christ Superstar" revival, Young has played Che before – at Canada's Stratford Festival. Yet there's no trace of been-there, done-that in his vibrant portrayal , which balances soaring vocals and a cynical, sadder-but-wiser perspective.
Evita may focus on Eva Peron – but thanks to Young's Che, we never forget that we're seeing her through his eyes."
Reviewer: Justin Yu
Periodical: The Theater Jock
"Josh Young, coming off of his acclaimed success as Judas in the Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, shines as Che, the omnipotent narrator and proverbial greek chorus. He has arguably one of the best voices in musical theater today - his control is impeccable, his range tremendous, and his honey-dipped timbre knee-weakening. Also easy on the eyes, his command of the stage allows Young to overshadow his leading counterparts. This young talent truly cannot be praised highly enough. Selfishly, I’d love to see him continue to tour so that more audiences can be captivated by his chords, but he will surely be back on Broadway soon and hopefully in the eyes of Tony voters again."
Link: The Theater Jock
Reviewer: Lance Carter
Periodical: The Daily Actor
"If you want to see someone knock a role out of the park, you must see him as Che. From the second he walks on stage, he just takes over. He's got a stellar voice and with his commanding presence, I found myself searching the stage to see what he was doing even when he was in the background of a scene.
...If you need one, just one reason to see this show, Josh Young is the reason."
Link: The Daily Actor
Reviewer: E.H. Reiter
Periodical: San Diego Examiner
"the role. His Che is a bit more of an everyman. He is more a third party observer than an allusion to the fiery and disdainful revolutionary. Like Young did with his role as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, he brings a bit more humanity to the role, which only serves to add weight to his characters commentary."
Link: San Diego Examiner
Reviewer: Jean Lowerison
Periodical: San Diego Gay And Lesbian News
"Young (remembered for his Tony-nominated portrayal of Judas Iscariot in Des McAnuff’s 2012 mounting of “Jesus Christ Superstar”) is the best thing about this show, his solid baritone voice and excellent diction propelling the plot. - See more here."
Link: San Diego Gay And Lesbian News
Reviewer:Michael L. Quintos
Periodical:Broadway World Los Angeles
"Josh Young is incredible"
Link: Broadway World Los Angeles
Reviewer: Jonas Schwartz
"Young is mesmerizing as Che. With a wallop of a voice and a commanding presence, even with 20 people dancing around him, Young makes you feel for someone who is essentially a cipher, a representative of the creator's perspective. It is difficult to embody a character who is merely a symbol, which makes Young's performance more remarkable."
Reviewer: David C. Nicholas
Periodical: LA Times
"Josh Young is superb. His soaring baritone, physical charisma and ambivalent reactions fill Che’s shoes more rewardingly than anyone since Mandy Patinkin, show-stopping in “And the Money Kept Rolling In,” dead-on with Bowman in “Waltz for Eva and Che.”
Link: LA Times
Reviewer: Don Grigware
Periodical: Broadway World Los Angeles
"Young as Che is a powerhouse actor, singer and dancer"
Link: Broadway World Los Angeles
Reviewer: Bob Verini
Periodical: Arts in LA
"Josh Young’s Che occupies an intriguing middle ground between jacked-up fanatic and bland, omniscient observer. Our narrator-companion is savvy to the Perons’ con game, sure. But he can’t help but be fascinated by it and even—of all things—retains slim hope that maybe, just maybe, their plan for the nation might pan out. That blend of cynicism and innocence keeps the character alive and alert throughout. And man, can this guy sing."
Link: Arts in LA
Reviewer: Tanaaz Chubb
Periodical: Entertainment Reported
"The performance by Tony Award winning, Josh Young, who plays Che is remarkable"
Link: Entertainment Reported
Reviewer: Lynn Venhaus
Periodical: News Dealer
"Fortunately, dynamic Josh Young was there to draw us in as the narrator Che. He was a powerful force, overshadowing everyone else opening night. His clear tone, finesse of his velvety baritone and impressive range, in addition to his ability to connect every word with us made him easily the standout.
A 2012 Tony nominee for his Broadway debut in "Jesus Christ Superstar," Young takes command of a stage like few can, and he is definitely going places. He is a serious contender that we will see blossom before our eyes, like Mandy Patinkin and Brian Stokes Mitchell. From "Oh What a Circus" to "And the Money Kept Rolling In (And Out)," he had us from entrance to the show's final line."
Link: News Dealer
Reviewer: Jeff Ritter
Periodical: The Trades
"I felt as though I was watching a future superstar in the making here. Indeed, Young has already received accolades including a Tony nomination for another Lloyd Webber show, 2012's Broadway run of Jesus Christ Superstar, where he played Judas. His delivery was crystal clear throughout, his voice dynamic and resonant.
...This young stage actor is going to be a huge star for years to come."
Link: The Trades
Reviewer: Chuck Lavazzi
"Mr. Young’s Che was acted beautifully acted and sung. His voice sounded uniformly strong throughout and made the character instantly likeable—very important in a role that is a combination Greek chorus and narrator."
Reviewer: Gayle Kirchenbaum
Periodical: The Chicago Theater Review
"Ricky Martin’s return to Broadway as Che, while not exactly stellar, was different yet adequate.
However, Josh Young, a recent Tony nominated actor for his portrayal of Judas in the revival of Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar, stars (in every sense of the word) as Che in this production. Young has played the role at Stratford under Gary Griffin’s guidance and has much touring experience under his professional belt. But this gifted young actor is the strongest reason to see the current production now in Chicago. His vocal range is astonishing: From his deep, well-supported bass notes to a sweetly-produced falsetto that’s both solid and clear, Mr. Young has the looks, ease and voice to make this role all his own. Seldom leaving the stage, Che is not only the show’s voice, he’s its narrator, Greek chorus and often a primary participant in the action. Indeed, the loudest applause came opening night for this talented young, star-on-the-rise."
Link: The Chicago Theater Review
Reviewer: Mia Temkin
Periodical: The Chicago Examiner
"Josh Young as Che is remarkable."
Link: The Chicago Examiner
Reviewer: Michael J. Roberts
Periodical: Showbiz Chicago
"The performance that people are talking about, however, is the phenomenal Josh Young (recent Tony Award nominee for Jesus Christ Superstar) as Che. The change of character from revolutionary to Everyman leaves an actor with some work to do to try to find a connection to the piece (although anything is better than Che being an insecticide salesman as he was in the original concept album). Mr. Young does so brilliantly. He weaves in and out of each scene commenting, participating and in the Waltz with Eva and Che, becomes a romantic connection to Eva. More than that, he is vocally the finest I have witnessed in the role (including Mr. Patinkin). I have been touting the greatness of this actor since I saw him at Stratford On Avon as Che in Gary Griffin’s production a few years back and his “And The Money Kept Rolling In” is worth a standing ovation on its own."
Link: Showbiz Chicago
Reviewer: Michael Horn
Periodical: Around The Town Chicago
"Josh Young is outstanding"
Link: Around The Town Chicago
Reviewer: Barry Reszel
Periodical: Make It Better Magazine
"But it’s Young’s embodiment of Guevara that by itself demands area musical theater fans get a ticket to this show. His performance is nothing short of revolutionary.
Young’s dynamic presence, impeccable voice and already rising star (he earned a 2012 Tony nomination for his performance of Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar”) put him in line to assume male-Sutton Foster status on America’s biggest stages."
Link: Make It Better Magazine
Reviewer: Heddy Weiss
Periodical: Chicago Sun
...a golden voice
...his diction is impeccable
Link: Chicago Sun
Reviewer: Chris Jones
Periodical: Chicago Tribune
"Josh Young, who plays Che here and will be known to fans of the Stratford Festival, can wrap his formidable instrument with ease around the role ... a great match for his talents. Such a voice. Such material."
Link: Chicago Tribune
Reviewer: Laurie Higgins
Periodical: Cape Cod Times
"Josh Young is mesmerizing as Che. He has a big, bold voice that commands attention, and you can't help but sit up straighter every time he appears on stage."
Link: Cape Cod Times
Reviewer: Veronica Bruscini
"Josh Young stars as Che, the narrator of Evita, and he delivers a knockout performance from curtain to curtain. This production's Che, rather than functioning as an allusion to famed revolutionary Che Guevara, serves as an "everyman" representative member of the poorer classes directly impacted by Eva's political promises. Young is the heartbeat of this production, a powerhouse vocalist with an engaging stage presence. He has great energy, interacts well with both the audience and the characters on stage, and gives clear, crisp articulation of every line and note he performs."
Reviewer: Jenna Pelletier
Periodical: The Providence Journal
"Acting through song, Young masterfully illustrates the ambivalence the people of Argentina felt toward their glamorous first lady. “Waltz for Eva and Che,” in which the pair dance their way through a conversation, is a moving example of that push-pull."
Link: The Providence Journal
Reviewer: Will Demers
"It is the energy of the performance by Young as Che that truly dazzles. "High Flying Adored" and "Oh What a Circus" showcase his vocal talents as well as his ability to carry a difficult role with surprising ease."
Reviewer: Don Fowler
Periodical: The Cranston Herald
"And then there is Josh Young, Tony nominee for his role as Judas in the revival of “Jesus Christ, Superstar,” who has that strong, deep, magical voice that commands the attention of the audience every time he speaks or sings."
Link: The Cranston Herald
Reviewer: Allison Klamkin
Periodical: The Herald News
"Che, played by Tony Award-nominee Josh Young (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), sweeps the audience into the story with his rich baritone voice (but he can still hit the high notes with ease)."
Link: The Herald News
The Stratford Shakespeare Festival/La Jolla Playhouse/ Broadway
New York Times
“The standout performance comes from Josh Young as a vocally
lustrous and charismatic Judas Iscariot”.
New York Times
The production’s key onstage asset is its Judas Iscariot, Josh Young.
And given that this account of the final week in the life of Jesus of
Nazareth is told from his betrayer’s point of view, it’s fitting
that Young’s electrifying vocals and brooding presence dominate.
“Getting to sing that hit last night was the show’s nominal
star, Josh Young, who did the performance with a bad case of bronchitis.
He still came out as the breakthrough star of the show, wowing the audience
as Judas Iscariot. In the audience, Ben Vereen, who was nominated for
a Tony for the same role 40 years ago. Josh Young is going to do him one
better, and win."
(Young is) “extraordinarily good”
"...a star turn by Young..."
"Every moment he's on stage, you can look at Young and know what
Judas is thinking and feeling, his internal conflict and moments of grace.
"...sexy and confident..."
"This is his Broadway debut but hopefully it won't be his last."
“Josh Young's Judas is a standout, not just for his powerful singing
but his ability to act through song.”
“As Judas, Josh Young is making his Broadway debut. In contrast
to past Judases, Young’s unique take is steeped in subtlety—the
anger, jealousy, fear and betrayal simmer just below the surface, threatening
to break into a boil at any moment—and his flexible voice flies
between an arresting baritone and the beautiful howling, angry tenor we’ve
all come to expect from Judas. It is the ways in which Young’s voice
differs from what we traditionally expect of his character—its lower
range and operatic purity—that made his vocal performance so exciting.
Hearing such a different voice sing songs we know so well was almost like
hearing them for the first time all over again.”
“...the singularly intense and brilliantly energizing performance
of Josh Young, as Judas”
"its blazing hot center is Josh Young's Judas, a rock-star performance
that explodes at the show's beginning with "Heaven on the Minds"
and reaches an electrifying climax with "Jesus Christ Superstar,"
staged by McAnuff and performed by Young so thrillingly that it effectively
blots out other renditions I've experienced and everything that follows
it on stage."
"As Jesus’ friend who famously betrays him with a kiss, Josh
Young gives a compelling, captivating performance. His rich, deep voice
and vibrantly dark eyes portray the intensely conflicting emotions Judas
endures throughout the show, with love, hate, envy and admiration being
just a few. Young displays a wide range of vocal talent, ranging from
the quietly tormented opening notes of “Heaven on their Minds”
to the rock/Gospel style titular number."
In The Now
"I think it’s safe to say that upon finishing the final note
of “Heave on Their Minds,” Josh Young solidified his Tony
nomination. Young may not have the star titular character, but he’s
definitely the focus as Judas. Young’s voice is incomparable."
In The Now
Parris: Man in Chair
“Josh Young – remember the name – is a sensational Judas,
consistently thrilling with his singing and acting.”.
Parris: Man in Chair
"Watching Young’s performance, it was difficult to believe
that it was his first time on Broadway."
The Epoch Times
"Young makes a perfect Judas, loving Jesus and what he represents,
but also terribly afraid of what he believes he is becoming. Young also
succeeds in making Judas a flesh and blood character as he wrestles with
the question of betraying his closest friend."
"Josh Young is outstanding as Judas"
"Josh Young, as Judas, is marvelous"
"He is excellent"
"...the very extraordinary voiced Josh Young, who plays Judas Iscariot..."
"He is the definite highlight in this production."
" ...the clarion Young succeeds entirely at making us feel something,
lacing his Judas with sensuality and envy, and suggesting that his betrayal
of Jesus comes less as a result of feeling his friend has violated his
beliefs and more of a result of coveting his connection to Mary Magdalene."
"Josh Young takes Judas into places I have never seen this character
go, betraying Christ because of his unrequited love for him. Young's expressive
voice, liquid eyes and physical engagement make him a character that it's
impossible to forget."
"Then Josh Young, as Judas Iscariot, sings Heaven On Their Minds
— and you think you’ve gone there. His rich, seductive baritone
has to be heard to be believed."
"the best Judas I've ever seen""
North County Times
"The vocally powerful Josh Young however, is nothing if not electrifyingly
present in every moment in his portrayal of Judas, completing the emotional
triangle on which Rice constructs his tale and bringing a much needed
sexual tension to the proceedings in the process."
"Josh Young, as Judas, not only possesses one of the best musical
theatre voices on the continent, but he delivered his character's torment
with depth and humanity."
"Josh Young's Judas is as good as it gets, especially the way he
conveys the dynamism of love and betrayal that scars the character."
"But it's Philadelphia's Josh Young who steals the show as a vulnerable Judas..."
"...what a voice that Josh Young has, he is a star"
"Josh Young is a brilliant Judas Iscariot, wavering between love
and devotion to his Jesus, yet allowing jealous anger to rise in his throat
like the flick of a serpent's tongue."
"While this current production doesn't take that concept into inappropriate
areas, the director and his cast use it to provide a solid base for the
story and a worthwhile hook for his actors to hold onto. This concept
is most visible in Young's Judas, who loves Jesus in ways he doesn't understand,
and finds himself obsessed to the point at which betrayal is the only
option when he feels he has lost him to Mary.
Young's intense, darkly brooding good looks are perfect for the role and,
as he proved in last year's Stratford production of "Evita,"
he knows how to wail appropriately to an Andrew Lloyd Webber score."
"Josh Young delivers a powerhouse vocal performance as the tormented
"Josh Young as Judas almost steals the show with his tortured performance."
"While Jesus is the central character in the triangle, he pales in
comparison to Judas Iscariot who has the theatrical advantage of carrying
around some heavy emotional baggage until his last desperate moments.
Josh Young, who was magnetic as Che in last year's Stratford's Evita,
is a superstar himself in this production, charismatic, in great voice,
and dressed in glittering gear, making his final recriminations to Jesus
who is already on the cross."
Globe And Mail
"Josh Young's self-righteous, sexually ambiguous and entirely seductive
Globe And Mail
"As the equally doubtful Judas Iscariot, Josh Young is a powerhouse
singer, never in danger of being dominated by the loud musical score (which
thankfully was much less earsplitting than last year's Evita). Mr. Young
takes the traitor, gives him a hint of jealousy of Mary’s relationship
with Jesus, throws in a dash of fearful bravado, adds a smidgeon of suspense
and voila! A memorable, dashing, tragic Judas is born."
"Josh Young's super-intense Judas, gloriously sung, threatens to
unbalance the story by stealing its star-designation, but he manfully
settles for supporting it."
is the title character, but then so is Othello, and, like Iago, Judas
steals the show. (In fairness, I saw the Jesus understudy, who was well
prepared and quite good.) And for Superstar veterans who, like me, have
tired of watching Judas strike poses and shriek his lyrics as if fronting
a hard-rock band, I have good news: It doesn’t hafta’ be that way. Josh
Young looks, acts and sings Judas very well indeed. His dark, brooding
manner is just right for the disciple who acts out of conscience and is
"Speaking of vocal performances, Josh Young is scary good. What a
professional. An incredible voice, always on the mark and every time he
enters onto the stage he commands it. We are lucky to see Young's skills
on the Stratford stage, and as perhaps the most notable and challenging
role in the entire play, as Judas Iscariot, much like his Che Guevara
last year in Evita, Young is dynamite."
“Young’s Judas is amazing. He’s feverish dramatically,
completely selling his character’s frustration with Jesus; he claims
Jesus believes the hype that he is the son of God. Judas, who loves Jesus
and may be jealous of his relationship with Mary Magdalene, wants to live.
His kiss, his foretold betrayal and his dramatic suicide are devastating.”
“The production's filled with fine performances, particularly that
of Josh Young as the disillusioned disciple Judas Iscariot. Young's got
it all ---- undeniable charisma, a rich, ripping baritone voice, nuanced
acting and great looks ---- which make him the show's breakout star (something
Tony voters are likely to notice next spring).”
“His production keeps sharp focus on the figure of Judas, portrayed
by Young with intensity and a captivating sense of ambivalence. He earns
the character a hard-won sympathy, even as Judas betrays Jesus to the
Romans; the complexity of Young’s performance helps deepen the tensions
in what McAnuff has called the “secular love triangle” among
Mary Magdalene, Judas and Christ.”
“Paul Nolan is a haunted, pondering, preoccupied Christ, driving
Josh Young’s intellectual Judas into a frustrated froth of love
and fear. Both men sing as to the manner born, with Nolan bringing an
awesome poignancy to Christ’s anguish and Young clarifying the motivation
of Judas through sheer singing skill.”
“electric Josh Young”
Diego Gay and Lesbian News
“Young’s Judas hits all the right notes – both vocally
and theatrically – as the conflicted man whose betrayal will hasten
the deaths of both men.”
Diego Gay and Lesbian News
“Equally impressive is Josh Young in his triumphant take on Judas
Iscariot, who comes across here as surprisingly sympathetic—less
a headstrong rebel than a man trying mightily to persuade Jesus to step
up the role of a spiritual leader.”
“the sizzling Young revs up the evangelical fervor”
“Young brilliantly shows the disturbing state Judas is in. He never
plays his character as an evil betrayer, but as a person who wrongly believed
he was helping mankind by ruining his best friend’s life.”
"As played by Josh Young, Judas is a tour de force."
"Mr. Young’s superbly sung Judas is much livelier, imbued with
an embittered ferocity"
"Josh Young, last season’s sensational Che in Evita, plays
and sings him charismatically and with a spectacular mixture of hard driven
sexiness, intrigue, jealousy, anger, and guilt. "
"Young, in fact, has to begin at top range with “Heaven On
Their Minds,” but he succeeds in moving from this strong opening
to other vocal peaks with enviable power. But his Judas also shows self-remorse
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"Josh Young’s explosive, magnetic and very sexy Judas"
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Stratford Shakespeare Festival
New York Times
The dominant figure in this “Evita” is Josh Young's mesmerizing
Che, with a forceful presence and rich, handsome voice to match his glowering
good looks. Whenever Mr. Young is center stage, annotating Evita’s
march to national prominence with sardonic commentary set to some of Mr.
Lloyd Webber's most viscerally engaging music, the dramatic dialectic
of the show tips heavily in favor of the narrator. The big song, the glamorous
wardrobe, the piteous death all belong to the title character, but Mr.
Young's electrifying performance is a reminder that the ultimate victors
are not necessarily the figures who shape history but the people who get
to tell their stories.
New York Times
The Toronto Star
"Rice has given actors and directors a gift by making Che Guevara
the story's narrator, but too often, he's turned into a one-dimensional
device. Thanks to Griffin's sharp eye and the incredibly intelligent performance
of Josh Young, we follow the growth of a revolutionary, as well as savouring
the bitter ironies of a jaded commentator."
"But the production's best feature by far was Josh Young, who's Che
was well worth the price of admission and who proved a more than worthy
import to Canadian professional theatre. Young's vocal acrobatics were
dumbfounding, his tone beautiful, and he acted circles around the rest
of the cast, creating the only truly flesh and blood character on the
stage. The way Griffin built Che from well-kempt storyteller to rough-and-tumble
revolutionary involved slowly hiding more and more of Young's handsome
features until he resembled an angry mess of an icon even more notorious
than Eva (though unnamed, Che is meant to represent Che Guevara). As odd
as the stick-on facial hair and wig looked, I appreciated the concept
and Young's charm shone through the extra layers expertly."
Lawrence B Johnson
"The real star of this show is Josh Young as the cynical narrator
Che, a serious advocate of the people who looks upon Evita as a mere,
poseur, a hypocrite who's in it strictly for the cash and the couture.
Whenever Young is onstage, the musical standard rises.
(Josh Young gives a) "stunning performance"
"The immediate and dynamic impact of Stratford newcomer Josh Young
in the role of Che, has you expecting something truly special."
"Josh Young remains the best thing in Gary Griffin's production."
"...Josh Young's chameleon-like triumph as Che"
PRESS + 1
"Josh Young plays Che and does a fantastic job, clearly the best
vocal performance; Young has a delicious layering to his vocals that few
performers can really capture, so it was a delight to hear."
"And while the role of Che has always been slightly suspect —
his story and Eva Peron's joined only by the broadest possible geographic
references' Young makes it his own with an impressive passion and a simmering
rage appropriate to a revolutionary who is determined to change the world."
"The thread running through Evita is of course the militant Che Guevara,
played by Josh Young. A ridiculously handsome young man, Young commands
the stage with a powerful voice as he tells Eva's story from the perspective
of a skeptic, a revolutionary who, along with all the elites and military
leaders in 1940s Argentina, is suspicious about Eva's motives.It's fascinating
to watch as Che winds through the scenes singing, poking fun at times
(yes, there is a great deal of humor in Evita) and shouting to the people
that they are fools to worship this woman."
The Globe And Mail
"Our narrator for this episodic musical is Che, played by an animated
and intense Josh Young, who really drives this production."
Globe And Mail
"Josh Young’s Ché is another asset. He, too, has
a fine voice and sings rather than speaks his lines unlike many others
playing this role. He manages the difficult task of giving variety
to Ché's single stance of outraged derision."
"There are only five characters in Evita and each one has
to have dynamite force because they carry the show. Only Josh Young as
the brooding and cynical Che passes the charisma test."
The real strength of this production comes from Stratford newcomer Josh
Young. As the narrator, Che Guevara, he takes the stage by storm, asking
the key questions at Peron's untimely funeral: "How will we ever
get along without her?" and pondering the stunning reaction to her
death in "Oh What a Circus."
Frankly, watching Young sing and dance so masterfully is worth the price
GRACE, THE TRUE STORY
Mary Fran Bontempo
Periodical: Philadelphia Bulletin
"Newton's transformation in love and spirit, as portrayed by young
Broadway veteran Josh Young, left my eyes spilling over."
here for the full review.
The Walnut Street Theater
"Josh Young ( Link Larkin), last seen flooring the crowd and the
critics with his role as Marius in Walnut's Les Miserables, once again
wows the folks in Philly with a joyful amount of spunk and hip swiveling
rock and roll as the teen idol Link."
Periodical: Talkin' Broadway
"Josh Young straps on an acoustic guitar and does his best Elvis
as the hunk who croons the doo-wop styled "It Takes Two,"
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey
"Josh Young plays her love interest with just the right combination
of stupid and sweet."
Periodical: Edge Philadelphia
"Young, as Link, proves suitable as boy-band heartthrob with his
gorgeous, soulful voice."
The Walnut Street Theater
Periodical: Courier Post, May 23, 2008
"But the real revelation in this cast is Josh Young, who plays Marius,
the student revolutionary who falls in love with Valjean's adopted daughter,
Cosette, whom Valjean rescued from the larcenous inn-keeper, Thenardier,
and his wife when Cosette was a child.
There is nothing callow in Young's portrayal, which is as strong as any
that Philadelphia audiences have ever seen, including that of Panaro,
who introduced the character to local audiences two decades ago. Young
is wonderful in all of his scenes, but his near-cantorial reading of "Empty
Chairs at Empty Tables" is a true tour de force."
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey
Periodical: The Phillyist, June 20, 2008
"But the true star in this production is the very handsome Josh Young
as Marius. I usually hate Marius, but Young downplayed the character's
annoying youthful naivety and made him compelling, providing him instead
with real emotions. His rendition of "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables"
was stirring enough to send many in the audience, myself included, searching
for a tissue with which to wipe our eyes. So strong and memorable is his
performance that his clear tenor voice will haunt you as you make your
way down Walnut Street, surprised, perhaps, that the song rings as true
in the City of Philadelphia as it did in Revolutionary France."
Periodical: AISLE SAY Philadelphia, June 5, 2008
"The young lovers, Marius and Cossette played by Josh Young and Julie
Craig are extremely exciting to watch. Ms. Craig has a glorious coloratura
and Mr. Young sings like an angel. Both actors are alive and engaging.
But in particular, Mr. Young's performance was impressive. Quite frankly,
I have never seen a young man his age express such a depth of heartfelt
emotion in a musical before."
Periodical: Broadwayworld.com, May 28, 2008
"One of the Walnut's best casting choice besides Panaro's Valjean,
is young Broadway veteran actor Josh Young as Marius. Young, a Philly
area native plays Marius with compelling emotion and a soaring voice.
His "Empty Chairs and Empty Tables" is heartbreakingly effective."
Periodical: The Bulletin, May 23, 2008
"...Josh Young, as the love-stricken Marius. Though making his Walnut
debut, Mr. Young captures the heart of the second act, as well as the
hearts of both Cosette and the lowly, but spunky Eponine, wonderfully
voiced by Christina DeCicco."
Periodical: TheaterMania, May 22, 2008
"Equally charming are Josh Young and Julie Craig's turns as the young
lovers Marius and Cosette. Young has the stronger voice, delivering a
potent "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" with heartbreaking intensity,
but both actors capture the overwhelming desire that these characters
have for one another. Thanks to them, the nod that Clements' production
gives to the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet does not feel trite, but
rather unusually intense."
LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Periodical: Howard County Times, March 27, 2008
"The result is a consistently enjoyable evening that occasionally
realizes this show's full potential. You get a keen sense of how completely
engaging "A Little Night Music" can be in Josh Young's performance
as an idealistic young seminary student, Henrik Egerman, who agonizes
that he's in love with his 18-year-old stepmother, Anne (Julia Osborne),
which is sure to put further strains on his relationship with his stuffy
lawyer father, Fredrik (Stephen Bogardus).
Henrik often mournfully plays the cello as he worries out loud, a habit
that seems inevitable considering the show's source in a Bergman movie.
He's a ripe subject for satirical treatment long before he ineptly tries
to hang himself, and the actor definitely knows how to play the role for
laughs. However, Young also finds genuine pathos in the song "Later."
It's at such moments that the production succeeds in simultaneously appealing
to your head, heart and sense of humor."
Mary Carole McCauley
Periodical: Baltimore Sun, March 21, 2008
"..But then actor Josh Young (Henrik, the student) took the stage
and opened his mouth to sing "Later." Out poured his rich, chocolaty
baritone. Audience members settled back to enjoy themselves, and the other
performances clicked into gear."
Periodical: BroadwayWorld.com, March 21, 2008
"Josh Young represents the one extreme of young adulthood know-it-all
attitude. As Henrik, seminary student, he gives all the fire and brimstone
righteousness you could ever need in his character's over-earnest reverie
for being a "man of IDEAS," which is a hilarious counterpoint
to the confused, horny twenty-something he becomes in the presence of
his step-mother, who is younger than he is, but with whom he is madly
in love. Mr. Young's vocal gifts are on full display during his wonderfully
sung emotional "Later," and his fine acting skills are evident
in a later scene in act two (I won't give away the situation)."
Periodical: Variety, March 20, 2008
"At the emotional end of the spectrum, the young, idealistic and
quasi-suicidal seminary student Henrik Egerman is potentially a foolish
character, but Josh Young brings such sincerity to his melancholic number,
"Later," that more serious undertones rise to the surface."
2005-2006 International Tour
Reviwer: Ho Yi
Periodical: Taipei Times
“Josh Young, who plays Tony, bewilders audience members with his
high soaring renditions of the well-loved numbers.”
Reviewer: Nauval Yazid
Periodical: Jakarta Post
“In particular, no other cast member in this revival could bring
down the house by mere reliance on a powerful presence -- and vocal chords
-- aside from Josh Young, who plays Tony.”
His high-soaring tenor left the audience aghast and trembling at his near-perfect
rendition of the familiar, well-loved numbers of Maria and Tonight. Young
gave the less-showy Tony a certain lovable charisma through his solo acts,
and was one of the main highlights of the musical.
Reviewer: Hong Xinyi
Periodical: The Singapore Strait times
“Young had a particularly lovely voice, tender in its emotional
tenor and subtly restrained in his technique. You don’t want to
miss his performance!”
3rd National Tour 2004
Reviewer: Peter Filichia
“Josh Young is a handsome and sensitive Marius, who does a gorgeous
rendition of “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.” No wonder Eponine
loves him so!”
Reviewer: Bob Rendell
Periodical: Talkin Broadway
“Josh Young is as handsome, persuasive and vocally excellent a Marius
as one could hope for.”
Reviewer: Lawson Taitte
Periodical: The Dallas Morning News
“Josh Young makes an impressive Marius.”
Seacoast Rep (2001)
Reviewer: Jeanne McCartin
Periodical: Fosters Daily: Showcase Magazine
“Among this lot is one stunning standout. Josh Young as Barrett
lets loose with a dynamic voice that comes from his toes, and shatters
the air with beauty and force. He has an absolutely Herculean voice, powerful,
rich and in control. A rare delight. Furthermore his acting performance
is right on the money. He’s a force to be reckoned with on stage.”
Seacost Rep (2001)
Reviewer: Jeanne McCartin
Periodical: Fosters Daily: Showcase Magazine
“Josh Young, as Claude, does a great job of portraying the complexities
of a young man coming of age at a time when it was difficult as it gets.
But better yet is this man’s splendid voice. Young’s voice
has a lot of depth. It’s rich, strong and controlled and there’s
just never enough of it.”
Reviewer: Rob Lester
“He is very much an actor in his singing, but doesn't succumb to
choosing "acting moments" at the expense of the notes. On the
contrary, he sings in a powerful voice, letting the melodies forcefully
weave and soar”