Franc D’Ambrosio, who has the distinction as the “World’s Longest Running Phantom” having performed that role 2,300 times on Broadway in “Phantom of the Opera,” will sing in Cleveland on April 7.
The performance is sponsored by Bradley Concerts Inc. and will be at 7 p.m. at Conn Center on the Lee University campus. He will sing familiar Broadway tunes, songs from World War II and tell stories of his big, loud Italian family. The reviews of his shows all say that he has a marvelous voice and great personal connection with the audience.
D’Ambrosio’s resume includes an Academy Award Nominated film, an Emmy Award Nominated television show, four Tony nominations and a National Theater Award Nomination. Early in his career Francis Ford Coppola cast him as Anthony Corleone, the opera singing son of Al Pacino in the Academy Award nominated film “Godfather III.” He had the honor of singing the Academy Award winning theme song, “Speak Softly Love,” both in the film and on the original movie sound track. This performance so impressed the late Luciano Pavarotti that it led to an invitation for D’Ambrosio to study with Pavarotti at his home in Italy. So began this varied and amazing career.
After his run as “The Phantom of the Opera,” Barry Manilow personally selected D’Ambrosio to create and star in the lead role of Tony in the pre-Broadway tour of “Copacabana” which earned him the National Theater Award nomination for Best Male Performer in a Musical. In 2008 he co-stared with Dorothy Hamill in the critically acclaimed “Broadway on Ice.”
Bradley Concerts is announcing the 2014-15 concert series featuring five outstanding programs. The season begins Oct. 14 with “Those Were the Days,” a musical journey with William Florian, former lead singer for The New Christy Minstrels.
On Nov. 20, eight seasoned entertainers will preserve the music of the iconic Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The spring concerts for 2015 will highlight the comedy, song, dance and magic of the one-man show “Al Simmons,” on Feb. 5, 2015.
Good Company will take the stage on March 16, 2015. This eight-piece musical group will perform country, rock-and-roll and gospel music. And on April 16, 2015, making a third appearance here will be Jason Coleman in “The Legacy of Floyd Cramer.”
Tickets are available at the door for $25 for adults and $10 for children. Season tickets are only $60, but if purchased on April 7, concertgoers will receive a 10 percent discount.
For more information or to receive a brochure, call 473-1114 or 715-5662.