ITALIAN AMERICAN PRE-SHOW HONORING SONS OF ITALY
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced that award winning actor/director and singer Robert Davi will present his new show “How Do You Keep the Music Playing,” a tribute to the great American songbook and America at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre on Saturday, July 16th. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m.; admission is free. Prior to the Davi concert is Italian American Night honoring the Sons of Italy, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Visitors of Harry Chapin Theatre will once again be entertained by the voice Quincy Jones and others have called the closest to the Sinatra Experience. Under the musical direction of Russ Kassoff, the show will feature Davi’s interpretation of the Great American Songbook along with some show tunes, accompanied by a 27 piece band including strings.
One of the most recognized “tough guys” in cinema and television today, Davi is considered one of the top Bond villains of all time for his portrayal of Fran Sanchez in “License to Kill.” Over the past 30 years, this Long Island native has developed a “cult” following, and has starred in over 130 films, such as “Die Hard,” “The Goonies,” “Showgirls,” “Predator 2” and “The Iceman.” No stranger to the small screen, in 1996-2001, Davi has also starred in NBC’s hit crime drama “Profiler,” which set the trend for crime dramas today. He has starred in such award winning shows, including “CSI,” “Criminal Minds,” Stargate Atlantis, “Hill Street Blues,” “Gangster Chronicles,” and countless others.
Much of the programming at the Lakeside Theatre is made possible through the Nassau County Hotel/Motel Proceeds Grant, which are proceeds from taxes on hotel and motel rooms in Nassau County. Since 2006, Nassau County has received more than ten million dollars from the Hotel/Motel Proceeds Grant, which also has assisted in historic building restoration and other cultural enhancements.
The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre is located near parking fields 6 and 6A in Eisenhower Park. Lakeside Theatre is a venue with no formal seating. Concertgoers are urged to bring folding chairs or blankets. Special accommodations are available for disabled patrons, including reserved parking, easily accessible restrooms and a convenient reserved location on the hill. Assistive hearing devices are also available upon request for the hearing impaired.
About Eisenhower ParkEisenhower Park is located in East Meadow, with entrances on Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue. As one of the largest public spaces in the New York metropolitan area, Eisenhower Park offers a full range of athletic and family activities, including one of the finest swimming facilities in the U.S., three world-class golf courses, dozens of athletic fields and courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, fitness trails and more. For further information, contact the Parks Public Information Office at: (516) 572-0200 or visit the Nassau County Parks, Recreation and Museums website at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.