PMHS Class of '81 alumnus, Franc D'Ambrosio, recently made entertainment history by being named the "World's Longest Running Phantom" in the Broadway show "Phantom of the Opera" after performing in the role more than 3,000 times. Franc has been hailed by journalists and music critics as a "showman first and foremost and a Broadway leading man who knows how to shape and sell a song for maximum effect". He also recently performed with the Long Island Philharmonic in his own review known as Franc D'Ambrosio's Broadway to rave reviews at the Patchogue Theater performing songs by Andrew Lloyd-Weber, George M. Chan and Stephen Sondheim.

While growing up in Patchogue, Franc was very active in the community and fondly remembers working in Prestano's bakery, volunteering at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and working at Pace Setters Clothing next door to the Patchogue Theater, never dreaming he would perform there as an adult one day. As a student at PMHS, Franc was involved in everything musical including the chorus and all the high school musical productions. His favorite teacher was now retired English teacher, Mr. Pollock, who Franc says inspired him to love plays and performing. After graduating PMHS, Franc attended Hartt College of Music which is a performing arts conservatory attached to the University of Hartford. He also studied at the Accademia Vocale di Lucca in Italy for voice.

Franc maintains his own website,www.francdambrosio.com and still has many family members that reside in the P-M community. The entire membership of the PMCT congratulates Franc on his success along with all of the other graduates who have pursued careers in music and

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