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Our Hosts 

PATH would like to thank Mr. Boitano and Mr. D'Ambrosio for the generous gift of their time and talent to make this special event possible. 

Brian Boitano

Brian Boitano Olympic Gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano is more than just a champion on the ice; he’s a winner in the kitchen and on television as well. His career spans the worlds of food, figure skating, and entertainment.

Boitano’s competitive record is unmatched. In addition to his Olympic gold medal, he holds more than 50 skating titles including four national titles, two world titles, and more professional titles than any other skater in the history of the sport. He starred on the Food Network and Cooking Channel’s What Would Brian Boitano Make? and started the trend of celebrity cooking shows. Boitano published a popular cookbook of the same name, and his show was named by TV Squad as one of the Top 10 Food Network shows to watch. His HGTV series, The Brian Boitano Project, garnered the highest-ever ratings for a home improvement series. More about Brian here

Franc D'Ambrosio

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Best-known for the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical The Phantom of the Opera, Franc D’Ambrosio played the famed masked man more than 2,100 times, holding the title of “The World’s Longest-Running Phantom” for more than a decade.

As the opera-singing Anthony Corleone, son of Al Pacino and Diane Keaton’s characters in the seven- time Academy Award-nominated film Godfather III, Franc performed the theme song “Speak Softly Love” for both the film and Original Motion Picture soundtrack. A revised version of the movie debuted in theaters in December 2021 with a new title: “Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone”. D’Ambrosio lived and studied with famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti in the summer of 1991, later founding the Lorenzo Malfatti Vocal Academy in Lucca, Italy, for students of opera and musical theatre. More about Franc here

Special Guest

Nellie McKay

We are so excited to announce the addition of Nellie McLay to PATH's Sparkling Tea. 

Nellie has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera, performed onscreen in the films PS I Love You and Downtown Express, and her music was used in Rumor Has It, Monster-in-Law, PS I Love You, Gasland, Last Holiday and Private Life. 

Nellie’s music has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, and SMILF, and she has appeared on TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, and The View.  Nellie has made numerous radio appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, A Prairie Home Companion, eTown, and Marion McPartland’s Piano Jazz. 

More about Nellie here

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