ANTIOCH -- Downtown will have a Broadway flavor this Sunday, as singer Franc D'Ambrosio will perform a matinee at the El Campanil Theater.

D'Ambrosio, best known for his portrayal of the "Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony award-winning musical "The Phantom of the Opera," has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and South America with his critically acclaimed one-man shows.

"He performed thousands of times in San Francisco. Pretty much, if you saw 'Phantom' in San Francisco, he was the man behind the mask," said Rick Carraher, executive director of the El Campanil Theatre Preservation Foundation about the actor/singer who played the acclaimed role for nearly five years in the Bay Area.

D'Ambrosio's resume includes playing Anthony Corleone in the Academy Award-nominated film, "Godfather III," and Tony in Barry Manilow's "Copacabana," for which he received a National Theatre Award nomination for Best Male Performer in a Musical.

Carraher said D'Ambrosio's appearance is on par with the two major performers the renovated theater has had since reopening in 2004: Debbie Reynolds and Randy Newman.

"It's another example of the kind of quality we can attract in East County and Rivertown," Carraher said. "This is what people are saying they want to see when they move out here. They are looking for quality entertainment. It should appeal to a real broad range of people."


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The show begins at 3 p.m. at the theater, 602 W. Second St. Tickets are $25 for adults and seniors and $15 for children under 18.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 925-757-9500 or visit www.elcampaniltheatre.com.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.