Ron Raines, appearing in UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: FRANK LOESSER, is well known to theater audiences in New York and around the country as one of America’s leading musical theater performers most recently starring on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago. He also starred on Broadway as Gaylord Ravenal in the 1983 revival of Jerome Kern’s Showboat co-starring Donald O’Connor. He originated the role of Teddy Roosevelt’s ambitious son-in-law Nick Longworth in the short-lived Broadway musical Teddy And Alice starring Len Cariou and went on to originate the dual role of Jupiter/Amphytrion in the Off-Broadway musical hit Olympus On My Mind.
As a concert performer, Ron has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia Orchestra, Portland, Rochester, San Diego, Tulsa, Washington DC’s National Symphony, among others. Raines has also had the privilege of performing with BBC Concert Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, and the Israeli Philharmonic. Raines has had the honor of singing for two of Americas first ladies: Nancy Reagan’s White House luncheon for the Senate wives and Ladybird Johnson’s National Wildlife Federation gala in Austin, Texas.
Raines joined the cast of the popular CBS-TV daytime series Guiding Light in July 1994. For his work as “Alan Spaulding,” Raines has been nominated for a 2003, 2004, and 2006 Emmy Award and was nominated three times for the Soap Opera Digest Award as “Outstanding Villain.”
Raines currently lives with his wife and daughter in New York.