LEE HARTGRAVE TONIGHT
BACK AND SEXIER THAN EVER
The last time that I saw D’Ambrosio at the fabulous Rrazz Room was back in August. At that time the show was called “I’ll Be Seeing Youz” – and he sang fantastic renditions of pop World War II Songs. His unique styling was adored by the audience. From the Movie ‘Cover girl’ he sang the yearning “Long Ago and Far Away”. And he sang the charming “Rosie The Riveter” about the real life ‘Rosie’ who worked in a factory during World War II. We lost the real Rosie a week or so ago. I wish that she could have heard D’Ambrosio sing it. Maybe he will reprise it at his show this Tuesday (Jan 4. 2011), which I have named “Roll 11” like a dice game. Lets hope that 2011 will be great for all of us.
This reprise is REALLY special, as Ambrosio will feature more stories from Franc's colorful family, along with the popular war songs from 1930-1946 in a "Live At The RRazz Room CD recording" that will be an enhanced "I'll Be Seeing Youz". And he will be backed up with a wonderful band.
Ambrosio is also a damned good Artist – his paintings are much in demand. He also is a noted Actor in addition to his singing. Ambrosio was in the ‘Phantom of the Opera” for more years than anyone else.
Yeh – there is no doubt about it. Ambrosio is an electrifying talent who knows how to get your pulse moving. No matter what he does – Sing, Act or paint – you’ll stand up and cheer.
I can’t wait for his show at the Rrazz this coming Jan. 4. He’s a rare and remarkable talent. Don’t miss!
AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and produced and hotsted a long-running Årts Segment on PBS KQED)))
FINALLY – WE WILL GET ‘BILLY ELLIOT’ THE MUSICAL IN SAN FRAN
You may have seen the movie “Billy Elliot” and were delighted with the story and the stars. As good as the movie is – there is nothing like live Theatre. The dancers in this show really stoke the Coals to a brilliant blaze. Elton John’s composed the movie’s music and now he and the same creative team still captivates with this Coal Miner story about a boy who wants (needs) to dance and his rough and tumble Dad – who doesn’t think boys should dance. The dancing toes will start at the Orpheum Theatres on Sept 13. And I have it on good authority that the tix are just dancing right out of the Box Office at http://www.shnsf.com/
THEY CAN’T WAIT! Yes, everyone is waiting for the World Premiere of the new musical “Tales of the City” (based on Armistead Maupin’s books and plays.) The cast is not firmed up yet – but you know that this A.C. T presentation will have top-notch talent. It has been rumored (they hope) that Betty Buckley will reprise her Mrs. Madrigal. The score is by Jake Shears and John Garden of Scissor Sisters notoriety. So – I suspect that it will be a little pop edgy. Starts May 17 – two days after my birthday. Oh heck – I’ll celebrate then.
RITA MORENO will be returning to The Berkeley Rep Theatre in an autobiographical show that includes dancing boys and a band. Tony Taccone has prepared the script. The West Story legend (Moreno) will continue her legend on the Berkeley stage starting on May 13. She’s a study in ‘The Spectacular’.
REVIEW OF FRANC D’AMBROSIO WILL BE ON http://www.beyondchron.org/. this coming Friday.