Bobby Conte Thornton Says BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH at Landmark

Bobby Conte Thornton Says BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH at LandmarkBobby Conte Thornton isn't actually referring to his own life story with the title of his solo cabaret show. The 25-year-old's Blame it on my Youth debuted to critical acclaim at the historic Venetian Room in the Fairmont San Francisco before coming home to sell out Feinstein's/54 Below, with a set list that takes him from Nat King Cole to Alan Mencken to Pasek and Paul.

Now, direct from his highly praised Broadway debut as Calogero, the lead role in Chazz Palminteri's hit musical A Bronx Tale, Bobby Conte Thornton brings Blame It On My Youth to Landmark for one performance only.

In addition to the full concert with a four piece band, Bobby sits down with Chazz on stage to talk about their unique relationship and collaboration of working together on his life story.

Steve Barnes of the Albany Times Union says Thornton delivers, "a polished, impassioned set with a musical and emotional maturity beyond his 25 years. He's still plenty youthful, prone to stomping on the stage or leaping on the piano or kicking out his long, lanky legs like a thoroughbred colt, and he exudes a young person's idealism. But his musical choices and the interpretive intelligence behind the way he uses his supple, powerful tenor suggest an older, wiser performer. "

A 2015 graduate of the University of Michigan, Bobby Conte Thornton starred in Grease at Paper Mill Playhouse and Les Miserables at the Muny while pursuing his BFA. His New York Theater credits include My Fair Lady, directed by Richard Maltby, Jr. He has also starred regionally in Two River Theater's all-male A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and the world premiere of Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors. His television credits include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Madam Secretary, and the upcoming CBS military legal drama The Code.

You can expect a lively crowd at this show -- Bobby has deep roots in the community around Landmark.

"After college, Bobby came to live with us in Manhasset while he auditioned for Broadway," says proud grandma Helen "Mimi" Conte. "He got to spend a lot of time with his "Pappy" Anthony, listening to the stories Anthony had heard from his father, a first generation immigrant from Italy, and of course I stuffed him full of homemade raviolis & Italian family values. So when he went to audition for A Bronx Tale, he was a natural for the part that Chazz Palminteri had written about his own life growing up in the Bronx."

Tickets for An Evening with Bobby Conte Thornton with special guest Chazz Palminteri are available through Landmark's Box Office, (516) 767-6444 and online at www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.

Premium $65 (Friends $60), Select $55 (Friends $50), Standard $38 (Friends $33)

Dim the Lights Series is sponsored by Susan Isaacs & Elkan Abramowitz, Jane & Marty Schwartz and Judy & Morton Sloan

Our 2018-19 Season is made possible thanks to our Partners in Performing Arts: Harding Real Estate, Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation, Peter & Dorette Forman Foundation, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek Partners, Town of North Hempstead, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock and Winthrop University Hospital. Landmark on Main Street also receives support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

*All ticket prices include a $2 facilities fee for capital improvements. Photo attached

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