Nugget Club Reviews
November 1, 1967
(Note the Osmond Brothers performed as guest starts with Sergio Franchi at the Nugget in Sparks, Nevada from October 26 – November 8, 1967.)
Previous dates at John Ascuga’s Nugget have proved Sergio Franchi has a devoted and sizeable following. Each subsequent bill – and most evident for current stand – certifies the convert list is ever expanding. First time around, his name had little marquee value. Waxings, videxposures, and more importantly (among the locals), word-of-mouth have enhanced his nitery status to the level of full-house population for each of his two nightly shows. He gives full exchange – and more – for coin expanded tablers.
The ruggedly handsome Italo tenor, displaying polished and pro stage demeanor – with Continental charms – is an easy winner with the distaffers as well as the menfolk. With musicology as the only criterion, his qualifications are unquestioned. From today’s’ list of saloon singers, Franchi is in a singular classification. His full control in extreme ranges, the concentration of faithful interpretations, and modus operandi of delivery bespeak thorough schooling. Be it the stuff of Rome or the Yankee pops he’s on familiar grounds.
Talk segments are free and easy, deportment is relaxed and living roommish. For extra added, chanter delineates, “Cup Runneth Over” (with sensitive feel) and an uptempoed “Quando”. Repertoire has something for all. Encore palm impresses - for any entertainer.
Opening slot is ably handled by the youthful (age span from 9 to 18) Osmond Brothers. Who have developed into a forceful and pleasing song-dance team. Frere’s youth, accented by well scrubbed fresh appearance, accounts for an immediate plus. Five had the showmanship know how to back the talent for tunes and terping. – Long.