SOMERS, N.Y. - An audience of over 300 people greeted Franc DAmbrosio like an old friend on Friday, November 18, when he appeared pro bono at the Somers Middle School to benefit At Home in Somers. DAmbrosio responded with a performance both electric and eclectic.
The evenings theme, Music of the Great White Way, included a half-dozen songs you thought you had forgotten, harking all the way back to George M. Cohan, and some you simply had to clap along with.
Then, just when you sat back thinking the melody wonderful and the voice a treasure, DAmbrosio embellished his rendition with a hint of Jolson, Cagney or Bobby Darin. Anthony Newley would surely give a nod to the entertainers faithful rendition of What Kind of Fool Am I?
Among DAmbrosios distinctions are his role in Godfather III as Michael Corleones son, and his six and-a-half-year Broadway stint in Phantom of the Opera. The title, Worlds Longest Running Phantom was his for ten years. Two pieces from Phantom were included in Fridays program: All I Ask of You, and the duet, Think of Me, performed with guest Glory Crampton.
Crampton was a sparkling beauty in Act One when she entered in a black and white strapless gown and again in Act Two in flowing turquoise. Her appearance was eclipsed by her strong, rich operatic voice, shown to full advantage in Act Two with an aria from Puccinis Turandot.
Both entertainers were accompanied by Scott Besser at the Yamaha. When you see and hear Bessers expertise, you want to go home and donate your own piano to some worthy cause.
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