Ronald Holgate
Biographical Information
Born May 26th, 1937
Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States
Productions Milk and Honey as Policeman/Ensemble

Don Giovanni as Don Giovanni
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Miles Gloriosus (original Broadway cast)
1776 as Richard Henry Lee (original Broadway cast/film)
Sondheim: A Musical Tribute
Philip Marshall as Lucius (original cast)
Show Boat as Gaylord Ravenal
The Grand Tour as Colonel Tadeusz Boleslav Stjerbinsky (original Broadway cast)
Musical Chairs as Joe Preston (original Broadway cast)
Guys and Dolls as Big Jule
Annie, Get Your Gun as Buffalo Bill/Colonel W. F. Cody
Kiss Me, Kate as Harrison Howell
Man of La Mancha as Alonso Quijana/Don Quixote/Miguel de Cervantes
Urinetown as Caldwell B. Cladwell
The Scottsboro Boys as The Interlocutor
Recordings A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (original cast recording)
1776 (original cast recording)
1776 (film soundtrack)
Sondheim: A Musical Tribute
The Grand Tour (original recording)
Musical Chairs (original cast recording)
Guys and Dolls (1992 revival cast)
Annie, Get Your Gun (1999 revival cast)
Vocal Type Bass-Baritone

Ronald Holgate is an American actor.


Born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, he studied acting at Northwestern University before going on to study opera and go on tour with the New England Opera Theatre.

Holgate would become well known for both his operatic and regular musical roles (winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical), but would also appear in a number of straight plays, notably originating the role of Tito Morelli in Lend Me a Tenor.


Holgate lent his rich baritone to a number of singing roles, notably originating the role of Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Richard Henry Lee in 1776 (a part he reprised for the film adaptation. As a trained opera singer, he also appeared in a number of classical roles, as well as Lucius in the 1974 opera Philip Marshall.

Holgate continued to create new roles in new musicals such as The Grand Tour and Musical Chairs, but he also appeared in a number of revivals, including Guys and Dolls (as Big Jule) and Kiss Me, Kate (as Harrison Howell.


1776 (1972)Edit

  • The Lees of Old Virginia (contains solo lines)


Don Giovanni (1960)Edit

Milk and Honey (1961)(originated the role)Edit

  • Independence Day Hora
  • The Wedding
  • Shalom (reprise)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962)(originated the role)Edit

  • Comedy Tonight
  • Bring Me My Bride (contains solo lines)
  • The Dirge (contains solo lines)
  • Comedy Tonight (reprise)(contains solo lines)

1776 (1969)(originated the role)Edit

  • The Lees of Old Virginia (contains solo lines)

Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (1973)Edit

  • Beautiful Girls (solo)

Philip Marshall (1974)(originated the role)Edit

Show Boat (1979)Edit

  • Where's the Mate for Me? (solo)
  • Make Believe (duet)
  • Till Good Luck Comes My Way (contains solo lines)
  • You Are Love (duet)
  • You Are Love (reprise)(solo)

The Grand Tour (1979)(originated the role)Edit

  • For Poland (contains solo lines)
  • Marianne (solo)
  • We're Almost There (contains solo lines)
  • More and More/Less and Less (duet)
  • One Extraordinary Thing (contains solo lines)
  • I Think, I Think (solo)
  • Marianne (reprise)
  • You I Like (duet)

Musical Chairs (1980)(originated the role)Edit

  • My Time (solo)
  • My Time (reprise)(solo)
  • There You Are (reprise)
  • My Time (second reprise)(solo)

Guys and Dolls (1992)Edit

  • Luck be a Lady
  • Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat

Annie, Get Your Gun (1999)Edit

  • There's No Business Like Show Business (reprise)

Kiss Me Kate (1999)Edit

  • From This Moment On (duet)

Man of La Mancha (2000)Edit

  • Man of La Mancha (duet)
  • Dulcinea (solo)
  • Golden Helmet of Mambrino (contains solo lines)
  • The Impossible Dream (solo)
  • The Impossible Dream (reprise)(solo)
  • Man of La Mancha (reprise)(solo)
  • The Impossible Dream (reprise)(duet)
  • Man of La Mancha (reprise)(contains solo lines)

Urinetown (2003)Edit

  • Urinetown
  • Mr. Cladwell (contains solo lines)
  • Don't Be the Bunny (contains solo lines)
  • Act One Finale (contains solo lines)
  • What is Urinetown? (contains solo lines)
  • I'm Not Sorry (Reprise)(duet)

The Scottsboro Boys (2012)Edit

  • It's Gonna Take Time (solo)

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