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THE PHANTOM WILL BE IN ORINDA!

 

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:30 pm

 

Franc D'Ambrosio is best known as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Affectionately known as "The Iron Man of The Mask", Franc was awarded the distinction as the “World’s Longest Running Phantom”, with over 2,300 performances of the lead role, a title he held for a decade. This accomplishment was immortalized in a cemented hand ceremony. Mr. D'Ambrosio is a welcomed and frequent guest artist with many major symphonies in America and Europe.  D’Ambrosio’s resume also includes an Academy Award Nominated film, an Emmy Award Nominated television show, four time Tony nominated Broadway shows, two Grammy Considerations, and a National Theatre Award Nomination.

 

Early in D’Ambrosio’s career, Paramount Pictures talent scouts discovered him in the chorus of his first Broadway show. This ended an exhaustive two year international search and D'Ambrosio was awarded the role as the opera singing son of Al Pacino in Coppola's seven time Academy Award nominated film THE GODFATHER III. Franc had the honor of singing the Oscar nominated theme song, “Speak Softly Love” (Brucia la Terra) both in the film and on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. D’Ambrosio’s performances of the theme song have garnered over one million hits on YouTube. D’Ambrosio’s performance so impressed the late Luciano Pavarotti that it led to an invitation to study with the legendary tenor, at his home in Italy. So began this varied and amazing career.

 

After his impressive run as THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, D’Ambrosio 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. This performance earned D’Ambrosio his National Theatre Award nomination for Best Male Performer in a Musical.

 

Recognized for his vibrant voice and legato singing, D’Ambrosio was invited by Olympic Champion Brian Boitano to perform as a Special Musical Guest in the skater’s NBC special BRIAN BOITANO'S SKATING SPECTACULAR. D’Ambrosio also joined Boitano in his next TV special, the 2005 TRIBUTE TO MOVIES ON ICE, starring as Special Musical Guest with multi-Grammy Award-winning vocalist Michael Bolton. His performance of “Music of the Night,” skated to by Boitano, received the evening’s only standing ovation.

 

D'Ambrosio currently tours extensively - throughout the United States, Europe and South America - with his critically acclaimed one man shows.

 

"Some performers are meant to be on stage. They may be incandescent on the screen, or inspirational in the studio, but it is on stage, in a relationship with the audience where they shine. Franc D'Ambrosio is one of those performers. D'Ambrosio's rich tenor caresses each song in an embrace, sometimes tender, sometimes humorous, but always passionate." San Francisco Examiner

 

 

An Evening With Lorna Luft: Featuring the Songbook of Judy Garland

 

Thursday, October 4, 2018 -  7:30 pm

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Lorna Luft's acclaimed career has encompassed virtually every arena of entertainment. A celebrated live performer, stage, film and television actress, bestselling author, recording artist, Emmy-nominated producer, and humanitarian – she continues to triumph in every medium with critics labeling her one of the most versatile and exciting artists on stage today.

 

The daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland and producer Sidney Luft, music and entertainment have always been integral parts of her life. 

 

Lorna is a gifted live performer, frequently featured on the world's most prestigious stages, including The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, The London Palladium, and L'Olympia in Paris.  Lorna proves again and again that she’s a stellar entertainer, proudly carrying the torch of her family’s legendary show business legacy. 

Songs My Mother Taught Me: A Celebration of the Music of Judy Garland is a multi-media theatrical extravaganza that melds one of the world's most familiar songbooks with personal memories of a loving daughter. The show features such standards as “You Made Me Love You,” “For Me and My Gal,” “The Trolley Song,” “Get Happy,” “The Man That Got Away” and many more. 

 

Variety called Songs My Mother Taught Me “a rousing dramatically riveting music event,” and it received two Los Angeles Theatre Alliance Ovation Awards (Best World Premiere Musical & Best Musical Direction).