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When I met him he was playing Henrik in the Los Angeles staging of "A Little Night Music" that starred John McMartin, Lois Nettleton, and Glynis Johns.
I was driving Gynis to and from the theatre every night for about five or six weeks, so I got to know the other members of the cast. I met Franc at the the theatre and we had a good conversation at the "closing party". As you can see by his photo, he is a warm gentle person. I feel very lucky to have met him.
I saw him twice as the Phantom in San Francisco. The first time, I was in town for a convention and saw that it was playing at the Orphioum Theatre. I was staying at the Clift Hotel, just up Geary from the Theatre. After I checked in, I walked down to the theatre and bought a ticket from a guy selling his ticket out on the sidewalk. I was seated just before the show began. At intermission I read the program and discovered Franc was playing the Phantom. I went backstage after the show and visited him.
Second time, I took my daughter, Candace, who was living in San Francisco at the time. After the show, I took her backstage to meet him. We had a nice conversation.
A link to his site. You will be impressed with his accomplishments.
A notice online in 2007:
FRANC D'AMBROSIO BROADWAY.COM/THE INSIDER By: Ken Mendelbaum
D'Ambrosio played Al Pacino's opera-singing son in The Godfather III, and was Henrik in the Los Angeles staging of A Little Night Music that starred John McMartin, Lois Nettleton, and Glynis Johns. More recently, D'Ambrosio had the lead in the U.S. national tour of Barry Manilow's Copacabana.
D'Ambrosio is currently on a seventy-six-city concert tour, and his first solo CD is structured like a concert. After a Broadway standard ("Almost Like Being in Love") as opener, the singer does a pair of old-Broadway songs, "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" and "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," with D'Ambrosio's florid style well-suited to such material. Then there's a nod to his film, with the love theme from Godfather III, and a lovely "Not While I'm Around." That's followed by the centerpiece of the program, a nine-song medley from Bob Fosse musicals, highlighted by a stirring "Corner of the Sky."
D'Ambrosio then shifts to contemporary Broadway, with a belty "This Is the Moment," a pretty "Bring Him Home," and two salutes to his stage roles, "Who Needs to Dream?" (Copacabana) and a handsome "Music of the Night." For bonus tracks, there are "Bring Him Home" in French, and "What Kind of Fool Am I?," the latter a song D'Ambrosio performed on NBC's recent Brian Boitano's Skating Spectacular. D'Ambrosio's distinctive high baritone/tenor mix makes this an appealing recital.
This informaton is off of a playbill "Help is on the Way" July 30 , 2006 Nob Hill Masonic Center San Francisco
Franc most recently starred in the touring production of Barry Manilow’s "Copacabana." Prior to that he starred in the San Francisco production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning musical "The Phantom of the Opera. He can be recognized as Al Pacino's opera singing son, Anthony Corleone, in "Godfather III."
Franc's recording credits include the soundtrack to "Godfather III," a CD released by Cabana Boy Records entitled "Christmas Center Stage" benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Taylor Family Foundation. Franc’s performance on this recording earned him a Grammy consideration for “Best Vocal Performance by an Artist” in the classical category.
His theater credits include the 1989 Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s "Sweeney Todd," the off-Broadway productions of "Kismet" and "She Loves Me," as well as "A Little Night Music" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
Television appearances include: "Live With Regis and Kathy Lee," "The Joan Rivers Show," "MTV Spotlight," and "Entertainment Tonight." He can be seen in the BBC's "Kurt Weill in Amerika."
Franc can be seen and heard singing in Brian Boitano’s "Holiday Skating Spectacular." The Olympic Gold Medal skater also commissioned Franc to sing a new rendition of “Shannendoh/They Call the Wind Mariah” for his 1998 season.
Sports fans have heard Franc sing the National Anthem at the Oakland A’s games, the Giants’ season opener, and the San Francisco 49ers. He also sang at the inauguration for San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.
Franc’s vocal talents attracted the attention of Luciano Pavarotti, which led to a personal invitation by the world famous tenor to sing for, and work with him, in his home in Italy. This is Fanc’s seventh appearance in a "Help is on the Way" production.
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