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Former Phantom bringing one-man show to Buford

IF YOU GO

What: Franc D’Ambrosio’s “Broadway — Songs of the Great White Way”

• When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford

• Cost: $10 to $25

• For more information: Call 770-945-6762 or visit www.bufordcommunitycenter.com

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Franc D’Ambrosio, best known for playing the longest-running Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” for more than a decade, is bringing his one-man show to the Buford Community Center on Saturday. (Special Photo)

It’s Broadway songs meets stories of Franc D’Ambrosio’s family in “Broadway — Songs of the Great White Way.”

D’Ambrosio, best known for playing the longest-running Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” for more than a decade, is bringing his one-man show to the Buford Community Center on Saturday. It’s a show he’s performed around the country for the past eight years.

“It’s a very, very fun, a very, very funny show that we’ve been performing from San Francisco to Rome,” D’Ambrosio said.

The storyline follows D’Ambrosio’s life, from growing up in the Bronx as the son of a baker to his rise to Broadway.

“I grew up in a very large, loud Italian family and it’s just hysterical,” D’Ambrosio said. “We were a family of Italian bakers. It was a family-run business. The casts of characters from my aunts to my grandmother to my uncles is beyond belief.

“It’s kind of like ‘Moonstruck’ meets ‘The Nanny,’” he continued. “You throw in a little Andrew Lloyd Webber and that’s the show. Everyone’s favorite Broadway songs woven into an incredibly funny show about my family.”

In addition to starring in “The Phantom of the Opera,” the New York City resident is also known for his role as Anthony Vito Corleone in the Academy Award-nominated film “The Godfather: Part III.” D’Ambrosio also sang the Academy Award-winning theme song from the film trilogy.

“I believe that ‘Phantom of the Opera’ is one of the most amazing shows ever written, and having held the honor as the world’s longest running phantom for over a decade, I think people can understand and appreciate the type of performer they’re going to have in their theater.”