published Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Longtime 'Phantom' coming to Cleveland - April 7

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    Franc D’Ambrosio, who sang the Academy Award-winning theme song, “Speak Softly Love,” in “The Godfather III” (in the film and on the soundtrack), will present his one-man show “I’ll Be Seein’ Youz … A Bronx Boy’s Musical Perspective of World War II” in Cleveland, Tenn., on Monday.
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Franc D'Ambrosio, who performed the title role in a run of "The Phantom of the Opera" 2,300 times, will return to Cleveland, Tenn., on Monday, April 7, for a Bradley Concerts Inc. show. For this visit, he'll present "I'll Be Seein' Youz ... A Bronx Boy's Musical Perspective of World War II."

"He will sing familiar Broadway tunes, songs from World War II and tell stories of his big loud Italian family," says Bradley Concerts publicity chairman Marion Cook. "The reviews of his shows all say that he has a marvelous voice and personal connection with the audience."

D'Ambrosio's resume includes an Academy Award-nominated film, an Emmy-nominated television show, four Tony nominations and a National Theater Award nomination.

In addition to the longtime Phantom run in San Francisco, D'Ambrosio is known as Anthony Corleone, the opera-singing son of Al Pacino in "The Godfather III" and for originating the lead role of Tony in the pre-Broadway tour of Barry Manilow's "Copacabana."

His one-man shows also include "Franc D'Ambrosio's Broadway -- Songs of the Great White Way" and "Franc D'Ambrosio's Hollywood -- Songs of the Silver Screen."

Monday's performance will start at 7 p.m. in the Conn Center on the Lee University campus. Tickets will be available at the door.


■ What: Franc D'Ambrosio's "I'll Be Seein' Youz ... A Bronx Boy's Musical Perspective of World War II."

■ When: 7 p.m. Monday, April 7.

■ Where: Conn Center, Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn.

■ Admission: $25 adults, $10 children.

■ Phone: 423-473-1114, 423-715-5662.


Bradley Concerts Inc. has announced its 2014-15 performance series and will sell the $60 season tickets at Monday's show at a 10 percent discount ($54). To receive a brochure, call 423-473-1114 or 423-715-5662.

■ Oct. 14: "Those Were the Days," a musical journey with William Florian, former lead singer for The New Christy Minstrels

■ Nov. 20: "The Music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons"

■ Feb. 5: Al Simmons' one-man variety show

■ March 16: Country, rock and gospel music by Good Company

■ April 16: Jason Coleman in "The Legacy of Floyd Cramer"

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