FRANC D'AMBROSIO

BIOGRAPHY
(Updated January 2011)

Franc D'Ambrosio is best known for his impressive portrayal of the "Phantom" in  Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning Musical,  The Phantom Of The Opera.

Affectionately known as Phantom's "The Iron Man of The Mask" Franc D'Ambrosio was awarded the distinction as the "Worlds Longest Running Phantom ". This accomplishment was immortalized in a cemented hand ceremony and Franc retained this title for over a decade. 

 

D'Ambrosio's resume also includes an Academy Award Nominated film, an Emmy Award Nominated television show, a four time Tony nominated Broadway show, Two Grammy Considerations, and a National Theatre Award Nomination.

Early in D'Ambrosio's career, Paramount Pictures sent five talent scouts on an exhausting two year international search. That search ended when they discovered D'Ambrosio in the chorus of his first Broadway show. Francis Ford Coppola immediately cast D'Ambrosio as Anthony Corleone, the opera singing son of Al Pacino and Diane Keaton in Coppola's seven time Academy Award nominated film Godfather III.

Franc not only had the honor of starring in the film, he also sang the Academy Award winning theme song, "Speak Softly Love" (Brucia la Terra) - both in the film and on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

This performance of the award winning song so impressed the late Luciano Pavarotti that it led to an invitation - which was quickly accepted - for him to study with the legendary tenor, for a summer, at his home in Italy. So began this varied and noteworthy career.

In August 2007 Franc was happy to reconnect with some of the Godfather III alumni at a special screening of the film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as part of their film series "Great To Be Nominated". 

From Left - Back Row: Franc, Joe Mantegna, Fred Roos, Don Novello
Front Row: Al Ruscio, Francis Ford Coppola ...

D'Ambrosio next caught the eye of Barry Manilow. In early 2000 Manilow 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. His performance earned D'Ambrosio his National Theatre Award nomination for Best Male Performer in a Musical.

Franc D'Ambrosio has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and South America with his critically acclaimed one man shows: "Franc D'Ambrosio's BROADWAY - Songs of The Great White Way" (debut 2004) and "Franc D'Ambrosio's HOLLYWOOD - Songs of The Silver Screen" (debut 2007).

Mr. D'Ambrosio is also a frequent guest artist with many major American orchestras and symphonies (Pop Series). With the success of his national and international tours, D'Ambrosio has joined the ranks of the famed Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman as only a handful of Phantom alumni crossing over to successful solo careers.

 

Recognized for his vibrant voice and legato singing, D'Ambrosio was invited by the Olympic Champion Brian Boitano to perform as a Special Musical Guest in the skater's NBC special Brian Boitano's Skating Spectacular. The TV special starred D'Ambrosio and American Idol runner-up Diana De Garmo. D'Ambrosio also joined Boitano in his next TV special, The 2005 Tribute to Movies on Ice. He starred as Special Musical Guest with Michael Bolton and American Idol Kimberly LockeFranc's performance of "Music of the Night", skated to by Boitano, received the evening's only standing ovation .

While continuously touring with his popular one man shows, D'Ambrosio found time in 2008 to co-star with Dorothy Hamill in the critically acclaimed Broadway On Ice, produced by Bietak Productions, Inc. D'Ambrosio rounded out the busy year (2008) starring with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra in a spectacular New Years Eve performance.

In the midst of his full schedule for 2009, Franc debuted a new show: "I'll Be Seein' YOUZ... A Bronx Boys Musical Perspective of World War II". The show continues in the tradition of stories from Franc's colorful Bronx, Italian family and features popular war songs from 1939-1946. The show previewed in Naples, FL in April 2010 and opened to rave reviews at the world famous Rrazz Room (San Francisco) the following August.

Franc recorded the accompanying CD during a live
performance at the Rrazz Room on January 4, 2011.

On Christmas Day 2010, Franc's beautiful medley "Shenandoah/They Call the Wind Mariah" (as featured on his Hollywood CD) was once again chosen by Olympic great, Brian Boitano when he performed in a television special (NBC-TV) with such American skating icons as Evan Lysacek, Nancy Kerrigan, Sasha Cohen, Peggy Fleming, Scott Hamilton and Kristi Yamaguchi...!

Franc continues to tour, with all three shows, and in December of 2011 he will debut a new Christmas show, "Christmas in New York ".

For Booking Information :

511 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 530
New York, NY 10011
(888) 665-6765

Laurel Canan - Ext. 101    EMAIL: laurel@CenterProductionsinc.com

Jo Van Gelder - Ext 102    EMAIL: Jo@CenterProductionsinc.com


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