Ron Holgate
Actor, singer, director
Ron Holgate
Ronald "Ron" Holgate is a American actor and opera singer. He is known for winning the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor as Richard Henry Lee in the original Broadway production of 1776.
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Don’t miss the train heading to The Scottsboro Boys at the Old Globe
La Jolla Light - almost 5 years
By Diana Saenger A story about boys sentenced to die for something they never did is compelling enough, but mixing it up minstrel-style in the way “The Scottsboro Boys” is told, is a tour de force not to be missed. An incredible group of male actors pay homage to John Kander and Fred Ebb’s musical talents as they sing and dance up a storm in the Old Globe’s West Coast premiere of “The Scottsboro Boys.” Haywood Patterson (Clifton Duncan) energizes his buddies about to take a train trip that alters their lives in 'The Scottsboro Boys' at The Old Globe Theatre. Photo Henry DiRocco. The brilliant story, from a book by David Thompson, swings from a minstrel parody to a heartfelt true story of the tragedy that happened to nine African-American boys in 1931. When the song “Minstrel March” begins, it’s an intro into a shocking tale told through humor and historical revelation. Mr. Tambo (JC Montgomery) and Mr. Bones (Jared Joseph) dressed in 1930’s pointy collars, coattails and ...
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Pirating Porgy and Bess - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
And while you certainly don't want to miss Don Stitt's impersonation of union rep Ron Holgate reporting grievances to the producers of the Chita Rivera Can-Can tour, nor any of the misadventures described by Jose Llana during the "pre-Broadway" tour of
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Review - If It Only Even Runs A Minute - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
And while you certainly don't want to miss Don Stitt's impersonation of union rep Ron Holgate reporting grievances to the producers of the Chita Rivera Can-Can tour, nor any of the misadventures described by Jose Llana during the "pre-Broadway" tour of
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Yankee Doodle Dandy Case File #192: 1776 - A.V. Club Chicago
Google News - over 5 years
They're defiantly stagy when not egregiously over-the-top, like this turn from Ron Holgate as Richard Henry Lee, a useful idiot from Virginia whom Adams and Ben Franklin (Howard Da Silva) manipulate into doing their bidding. Incidentally, Holgate won a
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CURTAIN CALLS: Civil War theme opens 50th season - Culpeper Star Exponent
Google News - over 5 years
Nearly a century and a half later, Jack Kyrieleison and Ron Holgate saw opportunity in bringing back the person of Harry Hawk and creating a struggling band of actors to tell the story of the war in miniature. “Reunion...” made its debut in 1999
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Review: 'Reunion' tells Civil War story Ken Burns-style - Northern Virginia Daily
Google News - over 5 years
By Jack Kyrieleison & Ron Holgate By John Horan Jr. -- jhoran@nvdaily.com MIDDLETOWN -- Wayside Theatre opens its 50th season with a compelling production of "Reunion," an old-fashioned Civil War musical. The theater's milestone was marked Sunday with
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Epic in miniature: New season at Wayside opens with Civil War musical - Northern Virginia Daily
Google News - over 5 years
"Reunion" was written by Jack Kyrieleison, Ron Holgate and Michael O'Flaherty and has been performed Off Broadway and at Ford's Theatre and other locations. Crocker said the play is wonderful at avoiding shortcuts and quick answers about Civil War
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What's On Today?
NYTimes - over 7 years
9 P.M. (NBC) MACY'S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR Rob Thomas, Jewel and the Broadway cast of ''West Side Story,'' including the Tony Award-winning Karen Olivo, will perform in this 33rd annual spectacular, in which 40,000 shells -- about 1,500 per minute -- will explode from six barges on the Hudson River in honor of the 400th anniversary of
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THEATER REVIEW | 'HEROES'; A Front-Line Assault on Decrepitude
NYTimes - almost 8 years
For the three aging veterans in ''Heroes,'' a slight comedy by the French playwright Gérald Sibleyras being staged by the Keen Company, the trenches of World War I held few horrors worse than the advancing senility and decrepitude they endure in an old soldiers' home. Each of the men -- Henri, Gustave and Philippe -- thinks the other two are
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THEATER LISTINGS; Guys, Dolls, Jets, Sharks, Heroes, Hair
NYTimes - almost 8 years
A select list of forthcoming shows. Dates are subject to change. FEBRUARY THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY To create their newest theatrical piece, an exploration of the rise of the evangelical movement, members of the singular theater troupe the Civilians spent 10 weeks in Colorado Springs, where several evangelical churches have their national headquarters.
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THEATER; With Wit and High Spirits, a Musical Wake-Up Kiss
NYTimes - about 17 years
THOUGH much admired, Cole Porter is never mentioned as one of those innovators who forever changed the content or the direction of American musical comedy. He is seldom spoken of with the same reverence with which we talk about Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein 2d, and
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THEATER REVIEW; A Spirit Still True (in Its Fashion)
NYTimes - over 17 years
FORGET about turkey for the moment, both the kind that's eaten for Thanksgiving and the kind that closes on Broadway. It is ham that's being served, without apology and with lots of relish, in the mouthwatering new revival of ''Kiss Me, Kate,'' Cole Porter's sybarite's delight of a musical about battling egos in show business. As presented by a
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THEATER; Shakespeare And Cole Porter, Together Again
NYTimes - over 17 years
YOU know the tale; it's Broadway's most relentless cliche. Today this musical is on the short list of classics, but in the 1940's it was universally viewed as a doom waiting to happen: based on a play that couldn't be adapted, with a cast of nobodies and an author thought to be deep in a conclusive losing streak. The show had to beg for its
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THEATER REVIEW; Recounting the Civil War In a 90's Vaudeville Show
NYTimes - almost 18 years
''The Civil War'' may have the music of Frank Wildhorn, but ''Reunion: A Civil War Musical Epic in Miniature'' has footnotes. The program for the Off Broadway ''Reunion,'' in fact, suggests it may be one of the most scrupulously researched musicals ever. The show counts among the sources of its score and monologues the songs of 19 period composers
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THEATER; A New 'Annie,' The Same Old Berlin Magic
NYTimes - almost 18 years
IRVING BERLIN, born Israel Baline, was 5 when his family emigrated from Byelorussia to the United States in 1893 and settled on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. By 1910 he was an established Tin Pan Alley songwriter. The following year, with his first great success, ''Alexander's Ragtime Band,'' his career as America's premier composer and
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THEATER REVIEW; Everything The Traffic Will Allow
NYTimes - almost 18 years
Every so often, though not close to often enough, something sharp and radiant pierces through the acrid smog that is being called ''Annie Get Your Gun.'' That something is starlight, and not surprisingly it emanates from Bernadette Peters, who has taken on the title role in the misconceived revival that opened last night at the Marquis Theater. Ms.
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MUSIC; Swinging 'Nutcracker' From Duke Ellington
NYTimes - about 19 years
THE day after tomorrow, the Danbury Concert Chorus starts rehearsing Handel's ''Messiah'' for a performance on Dec. 17 in St. Peter's Church. And tickets for ''The Nutcracker,'' Dec. 13 and 14 at Danbury High School, go on sale tomorrow. The number to call for more information is (203) 748-1716. Duke Ellington's swing version of ''Nutcracker'' will
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WESTCHESTER GUIDE
NYTimes - over 19 years
'TOPPER,' THE MUSICAL ''Topper,'' a new musical with an original script by Jerry Sterner, may be seen through July 6 at the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center at 117 Main Street in Nyack. Based on the Thorne Smith novel and the film and television series derived from it, the story concerns George and Marion, a chic young couple circa 1935, who die
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Everyone's Favorite Material Girl
NYTimes - over 20 years
EVEN though there were changes wrought during the seven-month interval between an East Haddam closing (September 1976) that promised a rich afterlife, and a fulfilling opening night on Broadway (April 1977), history of the not-to-be-rewritten kind proclaims the Goodspeed Opera House as the official birthplace of ''Annie.'' It doesn't take an
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CONNECTICUT GUIDE
NYTimes - over 20 years
'ANNIE' IS BACK ''Annie'' has returned to the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, where she first stepped onto a stage in 1976 and later migrated to Broadway, winning seven Tony Awards and an equal number of Drama Desk Awards. Martin Charnin, who directed the original Goodspeed production and was the show's lyricist has returned to shepherd this
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ron Holgate
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 67
    Until 2005, he worked regularly on and Off-Broadway, in regional theatre, and in over a dozen national and international tours.
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  • 1999
    Age 61
    Later in 1999, he played Harrison Howell in the Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate; as an inside joke, when he made his initial appearance, the orchestra played the intro to "The Lees of Old Virginia," which roused hearty laughter from audience members who remembered his signature role.
    More Details Hide Details Holgate has few film and television credits. He played Lee again in the film 1776, and was featured in the straight-to-video Men of Means. He has acted occasionally in daytime soap operas, including Another World, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live.
    He was Buffalo Bill Cody in the 1999 revised edition of Annie Get Your Gun starring Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat, and in the early 2000s he toured as Caldwell B. Cladwell in the first national tour of the musical Urinetown.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1966
    Age 28
    Holgate was married to singer Dorothy Collins from 1966 to 1977, to Anny DeGange from 1989 to the present, and has three daughters, Melissa, Chloe, and Lily.
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    He and Collins were married from 1966 to 1977.
    More Details Hide Details He was featured in the first concert devoted to Stephen Sondheim's work. Holgate appeared as Richard Henry Lee in 1776. Although he had only one song, "The Lees of Old Virginia", and a scant few lines of additional dialogue, he earned that season's Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Critic Walter Kerr commented that "there is simply no stopping Mr. Holgate as he explodes with the sheer happiness of having come to exist." (Holgate and fellow 1776 performer William Daniels were nominated in the same, supporting category. Daniels turned down the nomination, because he felt that his role as John Adams was clearly the lead.) Holgate is also well remembered for creating the role of the vain opera star Tito Morelli in Lend Me a Tenor.
  • 1959
    Age 21
    In 1959, Holgate, a bass-baritone, won second prize in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, finishing after Teresa Stratas; he went on to tour with Goldovsky's New England Opera Theater.
    More Details Hide Details By the early 1960s, however, Holgate had gone back to theater, only resuming a regular opera career in the 1970s. Roles like the narcissistic Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (which he originated in the show's Broadway premiere) led to him developing a reputation for what Frank Rich called "vain ladies' men."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Born
    Born on May 26, 1937.
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