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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Dashind D‘Ambrosio

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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