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Subject: Phantom of the Opera
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: ron3549-ga
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Posted: 31 Mar 2003 12:58 PST
Expires: 30 Apr 2003 13:58 PDT
Question ID: 183792
Franc DiAmbrosio (who played the opera singing son of Michael Corleone
in Godfather III) played the lead in the Phantom of the Opera at the
Curran Theatre in San Francisco in 1996/97 (??). Is he currently
playing the same or intending to, anywhere in the US in 2003? Who will
be playing the Phantom and Christine in the new production in SF in
mid-2003 at the Orpheum?
Subject: Re: Phantom of the Opera
Answered By: jeanwil-ga on 31 Mar 2003 15:57 PST
Hi ron3549-ga,

“The Phantom of the Opera stars Howard McGillin in the title role (now
the longest-running Phantom in the history of the Broadway production)
with Lisa Vroman as Christine and John Cudia as Raoul.  The musical
also co-stars Jeff Keller, George Lee Andrews, Rebecca Eichenberger,
Marilyn Caskey, Larry Wayne Morbitt and Joelle Gates.  At certain
performances, Andrienne McEwan  plays Christine.”

The Orpheum Theater phone number

Orpheum Theater performance information

With regards to Franc DiAmbrosio, I can not locate any information for

Hope this helps.

Best regards,

Subject: Re: Phantom of the Opera
From: j_philipp-ga on 01 Apr 2003 01:03 PST
Hello Ron3549,

One of the best ways to get up-to-date information on Franc D'Ambrosio
would be to visit, join & participate in this very active Yahoo!

Yahoo! Groups - Franc D'Ambrosio
Franc D'Ambrosio is "best known for his incredibly haunting
performance as the Phantom in both the national tour and San Francisco
casts of 'The Phantom of the Opera.'"

And following are D'Ambrosio-related web pages that should be of
additional interest to you:

Barry Manilow's Copacabana
"Franc D’Ambrosio (Tony) starred for the past six years in the S.F.
production of The Phantom Of The Opera and in 1998 earned the title
World’s Longest Running Phantom, having performed the role over 2,600
times. Film credits include Anthony Corleone in Godfather III, Jungle
Fever and Kurt Weill in Amerika for the BBC. Recording credits
include: the soundtrack to Godfather III, Christmas Center Stage
(Grammy Consideration for Best Male Vocalist In A Classical Category)
and King Island Christmas. Theatre credits include: the Broadway
revival of Sweeney Todd and the Off-Broadway productions of Kismet,
She Loves Me and A Little Night Music. Franc was extended a personal
invitation to work with Luciano Pavarotti at his home in Italy."

WINTER 2000 - The Hottest Show North of Havana - Music and Passion
Spark "Copacabana"
"The most familiar face to Northern Californians may be Franc
D’Ambrosio’s; er ... make that the most familiar voice. D’Ambrosio
spent five years in San Francisco, playing the title role in "The
Phantom of the Opera," his face mostly covered by that signature mask.
He holds the record for the longest-running Phantom ever. In
"Copacabana," D’Ambrosio plays the dashing hero, Tony."

The Official Franc D'Ambrosio Website
"He recently appeared in the BBC's "Kurt Weill in Amerika" and "Brian
Boitano's Holiday Skating Spectacular" which aired on New Year's Day.
The Olympic Gold Medal skater has also commissioned Franc to sing a
new rendition of "Shenandoah / They Call the Wind Mariah" for this
past competitive season. Sports fans have heard Franc sing the
National Anthem for the Oakland A's, the Giants season opener, and the
San Francisco 49ers. He also sang at the Inauguration for San
Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Franc's vocal talents attracted the
attention of Luciano Pavarotti, which led to a personal invitation by
the world famous tenor to sing for and work with him at his home in
Italy. During this time, he studied under the tutelage of Rina Del
Monaco, wife of the late Mario Del Monaco. Mr. D'Ambrosio currently
studies with Lorenzo Malfatti."

'Copacabana' Brings Manilow's Music to PAC
"'Copacabana' the song begins with the famous lyrics, 'Her name was
Lola...' and serves as the basis of a grand stage show, part Las Vegas
revue, part Broadway musical, that’s since been expanded into a
full-length, two-act, West End musical. The production enjoyed an
18-month, sold out engagement in London’s West End before the
Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera brought the show to the United States for
a 30-week tour. Now the production is embarking on a national tour
that visits 100 cities coast to coast in 2003...including Big Bear."

The latest relevant newsgroup posting is this one from 2002:

Subject: more on STAGE (Newsgroups:, From:
"Dream, the Johnny Mercer musical revue, flopped on Broadway, but it
might've sparked more interest had the cast included Petula Clark,
Tyne Daly, Sally Struthers, Davis Gaines and Marilu Henner. They'll be
appearing in a starry Los Angeles benefit of the show, March 8-10. The
18th annual S.T.A.G.E. benefit raises money for AIDS-related causes in
the L.A. area.

Joining the headliners are Linda Purl (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer),
Margaret Whiting, Rod McKuen, Carole Cook, Nancy Dussault, Betty
Garrett (Follies), Sam Harris (The Life), Dale Kristien (The Phantom
of the Opera), Pat Marshall, Brian Beacock, *** Franc D'Ambrosio ***
(The Phantom of the Opera), Kaitlin Hopkins (Bat Boy), Lee Lessack,
Linda Michele, Tonya Pinkins (The
Wild Party, Play On!), Joan Ryan, Jodi Stevens (Jekyll & Hyde), Jason
Graae and Tami Tappan."


As for the new production by Best of Broadway in Orpheum Theatre San
Francisco, it will run from July 16, 2003,  to September 07, 2003. The
telephone number is 415-512-7770 or 415-861-8972. I'm sure you can
call there for cast information. Also, tickets are available at:

Ticketmaster - Orpheum Theatre - Phantom of the Opera


Orpheum Theatre: Best of Broadway - Phantom of the Opera

Hope it's of additional help!

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