Paramount introduces Broadway star to stage

Published 7:45 am Friday, November 5, 2010

The bright lights of Paramount Theater’s stage will get a little brighter this Saturday, when one of Broadway’s most renowned stars graces the residents of Austin.

Franc D’Ambrosio, the world’s longest running Phantom in “Phantom of the Opera,” on Broadway, will perform some of Broadway’s greatest hits this Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Paramount at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s wonderful,” said Scott Anderson, the manager of Paramount Theater. Anderson had been trying to book D’Ambrosio after meeting his agent at a Midwest Arts conference last year.

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D’Ambrosio started his career playing Anthony Corleone, the son of Al Pacino’s character in “The Godfather Part III.” After hearing D’Ambrosio sing during the movie, the late opera star Luciano Pavarotti invited him to study at Pavarotti’s home in Italy.

Since then, D’Ambrosio’s performed in major Broadway productions for decades, including spending more than 10 years performing as the Phantom, earning him the title of the Iron Man of the Mask.

In recent years, D’Ambrosio has recorded several CDs of Broadway and Hollywood numbers, consisting of songs which he performs live during his successful solo performance tours. During his stop in Austin, he’ll be performing some of the hits everyone knows and loves, including the “Lullaby of Broadway” from “42nd Street” and “Not While I’m Around,” From “Sweeny Todd.”

In addition, two lucky Austinites will perform with D’Ambrosio during Saturday’s concert. D’Ambrosio will be holding a master class the night before, and of three male and female finalists, one male and one female vocalist will have the chance to sing with D’Ambrosio during his performance.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $18 for students. They will be available 1 1/2 hours before showtime.