Broadway singer to perform Sept 22
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Blue Mountain Entertainment celebrates its 50th year of presenting quality entertainment to local audiences by hosting famous Broadway singer Franc D’Ambrosio in the 2007-2008 season opening concert on Monday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Monticello High School Auditorium. 

Earlier in the day D’Ambrosio will perform an outreach program for students at Monticello Elementary School.  D’Ambrosio appears in connection with the Utah Arts Council’s Performing Arts Tour and the Western States Arts Federation.

Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway has enjoyed a successful, two-year U.S. tour, playing to packed houses and standing ovations all along the way.  Now he brings to small town Monticello the music that has nourished hearts, sparked imagination, and established Broadway as an American art form.  

Franc D’Ambrosio grew up in the Bronx, New York, in a family of bakers.

He is best known for his role in The Phantom of the Opera, for which he earned the title, The World’s Longest Running Phantom, after playing the role over 3,000 times, including the national tour and the San Francisco run for over five years.

Franc studied at the famed Vocal Academy of Lucca in Italy. He studied with legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti at his home in Pesaro.  He made his Broadway debut in the first revival of Sweeney Todd.

After an international talent search lasting over a year, Franc was selected to play the role of Anthony Corleone, the opera-singing son of Al Pacino in Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather III. The film received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Score, featuring Franc on the Original Motion Picture soundtrack. Franc sang the Academy Award winning theme song for the film.

It was in the Off Broadway production of Valentino that Franc caught the eye of Barry Manilow, who personally selected him to create and star as the male lead “Tony” in the pre-Broadway tour of Copacabana.

The show enjoyed a successful year-long tour and a performance that earned Franc a National Theatre Award nomination for Best Male Performer in a Musical.

Television appearances include Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and MTV’s Spotlight, various television specials and live events.

Olympic Champion Brian Boitano invited Franc to perform as a Special Musical Guest in the skater’s NBC special Brian Boitano’s Skating Spectacular, followed by Boitano’s next TV special, The 2005 Tribute to Movies on Ice, where Franc starred as Special Musical Guest with Michael Bolton. Franc’s performance of Music of the Night from the movie The Phantom of the Opera, skated to by Mr. Boitano, received the evening’s standing ovation.

Franc is featured on many CD’s and his performance of Panis Angelicus earned him a Grammy Consideration for Best Male Vocalist 1999.  He also appeared with Michael Feinstein, Amanda McBroom, Maureen McGovern and others on a CD titled In Good Company. In November 2005, Franc received a Grammy Consideration for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway.

Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway has enjoyed a two year national tour with more then 150 performances to date including a three week sold out run at the New Conservatory theatre in San Francisco. During this time, Franc has been the top touring artist with Live on Stage out of Nashville, TN.

Admission to the September 22 program in Monticello will be by Blue Mountain Entertainment season memberships (Families $45, Adults $18, Students $9), Kigalia Fine Arts season memberships or by tickets purchased at the door (Families $22.50, Adults $9, Students $4.50).
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