Fitton Center to host first concert event in new theater

D’Ambrosio, Crampton celebrate the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Acclaimed Broadway veterans, Franc D’Ambrosio and Glory Crampton will perform the first Entertainment Plus! concert event in the Fitton Center’s new Fitton Family Theater Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m.

D’Ambrosio and Crampton will bring a celebration of songs to the new stage with a program titled, “Angel of Music: A Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber,” according to Kim Neal, Fitton’s coordinator of public relations, marketing and performances,

The evening will showcase songs from many of Webber’s beloved musicals, she said.

“A lot of people love to listen to Broadway songs,” Neal said. “The ambiance in the theater itself is a whole different setting that it used to be, so it really has that theater feel. We hope that they walk away with that feeling of comfort and that they enjoy listening to the performers.”

Audiences can expect to hear selections from Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard and more.

Best known as Phantom of the Opera’s “The Iron Man of The Mask,” D’Ambrosio has been awarded the distinction as the “World’s Longest Running Phantom.” His accomplishment was recognized in a ceremony, and he has retained the title for more than a decade.

With an acclaimed list of awards and accolades, Crampton is one of Broadway’s leading ladies and an accomplished musical theater veteran. She is best known for her roles in productions of The Fantasticks, Camelot, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Jane Eyre, Nine and Phantom of the Opera, among others.

As a crowning achievement at the Fitton Center, the new theater is part of a $3 million campaign, which was launched in 2013. The theater affords more seating with permanent seats that replace the bleacher-style seating. Other renovations include several ADA-accessible areas, an expanded box office and control room, a new sound system, lighting and improved acoustics. Previously, the theater was able to seat up to 161. Currently, the theater can comfortably accommodate up to 241 guests.

The event is sponsored by James L. Winkle. As part of the Entertainment Plus! 2014-2015 Season Series at the Fitton Center, concertgoers will hear from a number of diverse performers, who will showcase a variety of styles from jazz and comedy to big band and Broadway selections. The series will continue on Saturday, March 21 with jazz music from Banu Gibson.

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