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by Lenise Willis

There are few love stories greater than that of the Tony Award-winning musical Phantom of the Opera, which is why bringing in the Phantom himself is the perfect way to create a romantic mood for Valentine’s Day at the theatre. Best known for his Broadway role as the lonely and longing ghost, Franc D’Ambrosio, who has assumed the lead role in more than 2,300 performances, will bring his one-man show, Franc

D’Ambosio’s Broadway, to High Point Theatre for the romantic holiday. “I’ve been a fan of Franc for a while,” said David Briggs, High Point Theatre director. “His stage chops have been well documented and his voice has such range and color that he will present songs in a way that truly draw the audience into the lyrics. I’m always proud to present our professional artists, and certainly happy to feature Franc D’Ambrosio for this year’s Valentines show.”

“This is a perfect way to spend the Valentine’s afternoon,” Briggs added. “Franc’s voice and presentation have deep emotion, wonderful vocals, and a world-class accompanist.”

“If you aren’t holding hands after this you may want to reevaluate your relationship,” he added with a laugh.

In the show D’Ambrosio will sing a collection of some of the greatest Broadway hits, including songs from Les Miserables, West Side Story, Oklahoma, Grease, Brigadoon, Guys & Dolls, Chicago, The Producers, and more.

Of course, his signature number “Music of The Night” from Phantom of the Opera has been called, “electric and eclectic,” and is sure to be the highlight that touches the heart.

The late afternoon performance will be followed by an optional dinner catered by Gianno’s.

The dinner includes a caprese salad, filet mignon, crab cakes, mixed vegetables and dessert.

“It will be a magically romantic afternoon and evening,” Briggs said. !

WANNA go?

High Point Theatre, located at 220 E. Commerce Ave., High Point, presents Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway for one day only this Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Tickets are $30-$35 each. Cost for dinner and show is $155 per couple. For tickets, reservations and more information call 887-3001 or visit highpointtheatre.com. Seating is limited for dinner; reservations are required no later than Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5:00 pm.

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