Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced that award winning actor/director and singer Robert Davi performs his critically acclaimed show “Davi Sings Sinatra,” a tribute to the great American songbook and America will be performing at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre on Saturday, July 19th. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m.; admission is free. World renowned Russian pianist Svetlana Smolina will be opening for Mr. Davi, along with three-time Emmy award-winning Comedian Dave Konig.
One of the most recognized “tough guys” in cinema and television today, Mr.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.” On August 15th 2014, Long Islanders will be able see him in “Expendables 3,” which has one of the biggest all-star casts in recent memory. No stranger to the small screen, in 1996-2001 Mr. 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.
However, it is his love of music and singing that brings Mr. Davi back to Long Island. Considered one of the top vocalists in the world, Mr. Davi continues to gain accolades across the globe for his unique interpretations of the Great American Songbook, most recently thrilling audiences at his June 2014 tour in Australia, to the Venetian in Las Vegas to the Harry Chapin Theater in East Meadow. His debut album, “Davi Sings Sinatra—On The Road to Romance,” produced by Phil Ramone shot to number 6 for several weeks on Billboard’s Jazz Charts.
By way of background: Mr. Davi, who was born in Astoria, Queens, moved to Huntington when he was 5, went to Seton Hall High School in Patchogue and attended Hofstra University on a drama scholarship. What many people may not already know is that Mr. Davi’s first film role was in a movie starring Frank Sinatra. Noting their similarities, Mr. Davi said, “Frank Sinatra spoke to an immigrant population in a way that empathized with their struggles and gave them a sense of dignity. He was the greatest interpreter of the American Songbook, the Shakespeare of America, the golden age of American music. I call my album “On the Road to Romance” because I want to bring back that Romantic way people related to each other back then…a world that had a gentler, more respectful and hopeful attitude.”
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 Park
Eisenhower 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: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.