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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Kristi Kates - November 8th, 2010
‘Phantom‘ plays TC’s Opera House: Dashing D’Ambrosio
By Kristi Kates
There’s a phantom lurking in Traverse City’s Opera House this week,
but this time he’ll be spending all of his time onstage, rather than
in the cellar.
Awarded the distinction of the world’s longest-running Phantom in the
The Phantom of the Opera (and also nicknamed “The Iron Man of the
Mask”), singer/actor Franc D’Ambrosio is a stage phenom.
He’s portrayed the Phantom in over 2,600 performances of the Tony
Award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical - one of the
best-known and most well-attended plays worldwide - and brings his
expertise to even wider audiences with a show of his own, in which he
performs a setlist of Broadway classics.
“We obviously can’t have the entire Phantom production here - it’s
just too small of a stage,” explains City Opera House General Manager
Diana Barrie, “but we are so fortunate to be able to have Franc make
an appearance.”

BRONX TO BROADWAY
Born in the Bronx, New York’s northernmost borough, D’Ambrosio grew up
in a family of bakers, attended a Connecticut music school after
graduating high school, and soon found himself studying at the Vocal
Academy of Lucca in Italy. It wasn’t long before legendary tenor
Luciano Pavarotti took notice of the talented singer, and invited
D’Ambrosio to study with him.
 D’Ambrosio returned to New York and made his Broadway debut in
Sweeney Todd- and his visibility would serve him well yet again when
Francis Ford Coppola saw him onstage and snagged him to play the part
of Anthony Corleone, the opera-singing character in The Godfather III.
Directly after his work on …Godfather, he was cast in the title role
of Phantom - and he remained the Phantom, the role that so far has
most defined his career, for almost a decade.

ONE-MAN SHOW
Following his history-making Phantom run, D’Ambrosio was
well-deserving of a vacation. And this dedicated performer did... not
do that.
 Instead, he caught the eye of another entertainment-industry heavy,
namely soft-rock performer Barry Manilow, who cast D’Ambrosio as the
lead in Manilow’s national tour of Copacabana, which would stay on
stages for a year.
Next, D’Ambrosio embarked on a one-man show of his own dubbed Franc
D’Ambrosio’s Broadway, which, in combination with his second solo
show, Franc D’Ambrosio’s Hollywood, would keep him on the road for the
next five years, including over 150 sold-out events. His solo act has
made him an informal box-office busting trio with fellow Phantom
alumni Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, as performers whose
careers after Phantom were also wildly successful in the theater-music
industry.
Today, he continues his take on the Broadway tradition with a new show
he’s created, called I’ll Be Seeing Youz: A Bronx Boy’s Musical
Perspective of World War II, which features stories from D’Ambrosio’s
own family, plus popular war songs from 1939-1946.
And - somehow - he’s still fitting in a schedule of solo shows, too.
Good fortune, as Diana Barrie pointed out earlier, for any Broadway
musical fan living within driving distance of the Traverse City Opera
House.

Franc D’Ambrosio will be appearing at the Traverse City Opera House on
Thursday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20/$35 via
www.cityoperahouse.org. For more info on and videos of Franc
D’Ambrosio, visit www.francdambrosio.com.

 
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