RON RAINES joined the cast of the popular CBS-TV
daytime series GUIDING LIGHT in July 1994. For his work as “Alan
Spaulding” Mr. 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,”
Ron 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.
Mr. Raines’ other New York appearances include Whitelaw Savory in ONE
TOUCH OF VENUS with Susan Lucci at Town Hall, Fredrik Egerman in the
Opera Ensemble production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, OH LADY! LADY! and,
most recently, CARNEGIE HALL’S TRIBUTE TO LERNER AND LOEWE (both at
Carnegie Hall), as well as several appearances with the 92nd Street Y’s
acclaimed “Lyrics and Lyricists” series. In 1992 he starred with Kaye
Ballard at Rainbow and Stars in the Irving Berlin revue SAY IT WITH
MUSIC and returned there to star in LEADING MEN DON’T DANCE (available
He made his debut at New York City Opera as Danilo in THE
a role he has played opposite some of the best leading ladies,
including Roberta Peters and jazz singer Cleo Laine. He also starred in
NYCO’s production of Offenbach’s THE DUCHESS OF GEROLSTEIN.
Ron toured the country starring as "Leadville" Johnny Brown opposite
the indomitable Debbie Reynolds in THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN and
played Aristede in CAN CAN in Japan with Chita Rivera and The
Rockettes. Additionally, he has played leading roles in virtually every
major American musical and operetta including SOUTH PACIFIC, ANNIE,
KISMET, SAYONARA, KISS ME KATE, THE KING AND I, NAUGHTY MARIETTA,
BRIGADOON, ROSE MARIE, OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM,
FOLLIES (Detroit Free Press nomination as “Best Actor of the Season”
opposite Juliet Prowse and Nancy Dussault) and MAN OF LA MANCHA at the
country’s leading regional theaters and opera companies including those
in St. Louis, Dallas, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Columbus, OH,
Tulsa, Portland, OR, St. Louis, Syracuse, Dayton, Atlanta, Anchorage,
Birmingham, Cleveland, Chautauqua, Cooperstown, Nashville, Buffalo,
Houston, and of course New York City.
As a concert performer, Ron has appeared as soloist with the symphony
orchestras in Atlanta, Alabama, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Cleveland,
Columbus, Dubuque, Minnesota, Omaha, Pittsburgh (with Marvin Hamlisch),
Philadelphia Pops (with Peter Nero), Philadelphia Orchestra, Portland,
ME, Rochester, Richardson, San Diego, San Francisco, Tulsa, Washington
DC’s National Symphony, and the Boston Pops (with John Williams). Mr.
Raines has also had the privilege of performing with BBC Concert
Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israeli Philharmonic. Ron 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.
In May of 2000, Mr. Raines made his UK debut in the role of Don
Quixote/ Cervantes in MAN OF LA MANCHA as part of the Covent Garden
Festival at the Peacock Theater in London. In May 2001 he starred as
Sky Masterson in GUYS AND DOLLS at the Royal Festival Hall, a
performance recorded by the BBC. Last fall Ron again appeared with the
BBC concert orchestra as a soloist in the Jule Style Gala concert.
Mr. Raines recently completed his second solo album SO IN LOVE WITH
BROADWAY (Jay Records) after releasing RON RAINES: BROADWAY PASSION,
recorded with the National Symphony Orchestra of London, both available
at Amazon.com. Other Jay Records projects include complete recordings
of MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE PAJAMA GAME, 110 IN THE SHADE, WONDERFUL TOWN
as well as highlighted versions of ANNIE and GUYS AND DOLLS. Ron has
also recorded on the Farnsworth Alley label with the LOST IN BOSTON
series, in addition to the new musical NIGHT OF THE HUNTER slated for a
future stage production.
Ron has appeared in three of PBS’s Great Performances including
GERSHWIN AT 100 (CARNEGIE HALL); THE RODGERS AND HART STORY: THOU
SWELL, THOU WITTY; MY FAVORITE BROADWAY, THE LOVE SONGS and A TRIBUTE
TO RICHARD RODGERS with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.
Born in Texas City, TX and raised mainly in Nacogdoches, TX, he
attended five high schools and three Universities, before completing
his degree in Music from Oklahoma City University in 1975. Ron was then
invited to join the graduate program at the American Opera Center at
the Juilliard School. Summers were spent apprenticing and performing
roles at Santa Fe Opera and at Wolf Trap where he came to the attention
of the late baritone John Reardon who served as his mentor.
Ron met his wife Dona D. Vaughn
in 1981 when they appeared together in
a production of ROSE MARIE at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington,
DC. Dona made her Broadway debut as an original member of the
celebrated Vocal Minority in COMPANY and performed in JESUS CHRIST
SUPERSTAR and SEESAW before becoming a well-respected stage director.
Ron and Dona have often worked together as a director/actor team in THE
KING AND I, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, OKLAHOMA!, THE DESERT SONG, CAROUSEL,
and DIE FLEDERMAUS. They live on New York’s Upper West Side with their
daughter Charlotte Vaughn Raines.