Franc D'Ambrosio is best known as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony award-winning musical, “The Phantom Of The Opera”. He was awarded the distinction as the “World’s Longest Running Phantom”, an accomplishment immortalized in a cemented hand ceremony in California. He retained the title for over a decade.
D'Ambrosio was discovered by Paramount Pictures (who sent five talent scouts on a two-year, international search) in the chorus of his first Broadway show, “Sweeney Todd”. He was thrust into the spotlight when cast in the coveted role of Anthony Corleone, the opera singing son of Al Pacino and Diane Keaton, in Francis Ford Coppola's seven-time Academy Award nominated film “Godfather III”.
D’Ambrosio was cast on Friday in New York City and began filming in Rome on Monday. He had the honor of singing the Academy Award winning theme song, “Speak Softly Love” (Brucia la Terra) on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. His performance of the award winning song impressed the late Luciano Pavarotti that it led to an invitation for him to study with the legendary tenor at his home in Italy. So began his varied and impressive career.
D’Ambrosio’s resume includes an Academy Award nominated film, three Emmy award nominated television shows, two Grammy considerations, and a National Theatre Award nomination for his stage work.
After his impressive run as “The Phantom Of The Opera” D’Ambrosio caught the eye of Barry Manilow, who personally selected him to create and star as the male lead, "Tony", in the pre-Broadway tour of “Copacabana”. The show enjoyed a successful year long tour. His performance earned D’Ambrosio a National Theatre Award nomination for Best Male Performer in a Musical.
Television appearances include "Entertainment Tonight", "MTV's Spotlight”, & "Access Hollywood"’ (as the red carpet correspondent for coverage of the opening night for the film version of “The Phantom of the Opera”).
Recognized for his vibrant voice and legato singing, D’Ambrosio was invited by Olympic Champion Brian Boitano to perform as a Special Musical Guest in the skater’s NBC special “Brian Boitano’s Skating Spectacular”. The TV special starred D’Ambrosio and “American Idol” runner-up Diana De Garmo. He also joined Boitano in his next TV special, “The 2005 Tribute to Movies on Ice” Here D’Ambrosio starred as Special Musical Guest with Michael Bolton and “American Idol” Kimberly Locke . His performance of “Music of the Night” from the movie “The Phantom of the Opera”, and skated to by Boitano, received the evening’s only standing ovation.
D’Ambrosio also appeared with Michael Feinstein, Amanda McBroom, Maureen McGovern and others on a CD titled “In Good Company” (LML Music). The CD released spring 2005 and received the 2006 Mac Award.
D’Ambrosio’s next project was his one man show - “Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway” - a celebration of the music that established Broadway as an American art form. With the success of his more than 3 year, 200 city, sold out national tour in this show, D’Ambrosio has joined the ranks of the famed Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman as one of the handful of Phantom alumni to successfully crossover into a flourishing solo career.
D’Ambrosio has been the number one touring artist with the Live On Stage touring organization for the past two years. His new show, “Franc D'Ambrosio's Hollywood”, debuted earlier this year at the world famous Plush Room in San Francisco - selling out his three week run.