Thursday, March 15, 2007

Classic Hollywood Songs at SF's Plush Room

Broadway tenor Franc D'Ambrosio is currently performing his Hollywood concert at the world-famous Empire Plush Room at the York Hotel in San Francisco through April 1, presented by RRAZZ Productions Inc. /Supreme Concerts. We saw the world premier on opening night and it was absolutely incredible. We laughed, cried and cheered throughout the evening, buoyed by the sheer energy of this wonderful performer with a magical voice.
Franc D'Ambrosio, known as The World's Longest Running Phantom, including over a 5-year run in San Francisco, performs a sensational tribute to the music that made the silver screen sing.
States Press calls it "One man's humorous, nostalgic look at America's dream-factory and the songs it immortalized. D'Ambrosio is one of the most-requested return engagement performers and his Hollywood concert is filled with Academy Award-winning melodies, memories, masterful singing and an abundance of Italian charm."
Some of the most entertaining moments in this show are when D'Ambrosio talks about growing up in a large, extended Italian clan over the family’s bakery in the Bronx, all of the great movie musicals he grew up watching, and, of course, his amazing career, including landing the role of a lifetime playing Al Pacino’s opera singing son in Francis Fore Coppola’s Godfather III. The stories don’t come off as rehearsed or contrived and work well between the songs.
Accompanied by the flawless piano playing of Chuck Larkin, this show gently waltzes you through all of the great Hollywood songs ever written. From Al Jolson’s “Jazz Singer” all the way to the film version of “The Phantom of the Opera”, D’Ambrosio takes the audience on a musical cinematic journey that you won’t soon forget. From “Singin’ in the Rain” to “Danny Boy” to an Italian version of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, D’Ambrosio gives a 1.5 hour performance that is both enthralling and thrilling.
Tickets ($35-$40) are available by phone at toll-free 866-468-3399 or online at Guests must be over 21 years of age. The Empire Plush Room is located at The York Hotel, 940 Sutter Street (between Leavenworth and Hyde), San Francisco.
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