From Press Release
One Story Behind the Mani-Lows and the Mani-Highs
“A Musical Comedy” by Kevin Leonard
This romantic story is set to the music popularized by Barry Manilow in the 1970’s and 1980’s although set in present time. Even though many of the songs were not written by Manilow himself, this play supposes that they are all original works from him based on his real-life experiences. “Mamma Manilow” is a SPOOF on the current musical genre of "real-story" behind-the-scenes musicals where a "book" is written "around" the music!
FACTORY THEATRE MAINSPACE 125 Bathurst St. (at Adelaide St. West)
Thursday July 2 10:30 pm
Saturday July 4 1:45 pm
Sunday July 5 7:00 pm
Tuesday July 7 4:45 pm
Thursday July 9 5:45 pm
Friday July 10 2:15 pm
Saturday July 11 9:45 pm
Starring: Matthew Kaufman as Barry; Naomi Vondell as Melissa;
Gord Noel as Tony; Rée as Rico; Kathryn Malek as Lola.
Stage Manager: Sherry Ramlal
Produced by: SCOREstat Entertainment Incorporated Directed by: Kevin Leonard
Tickets ($10) available through Fringe Hotline 416.966.1062; www.fringetoronto.com.
This is the second Toronto Fringe Production by Kevin Leonard and his first musical comedy. Previous productions include:
* Adult Accompaniment: Sage Hill Writing Experience, Regina, Saskatchewan, July – Aug., 2007
* Coaching Matters:
o The Waterloo Stage Theatre, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, January – February, 2005
o Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Sept. – Oct., 2002
o Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival, Factory Theatre Mainspace, Toronto, July 5-15, 2001
* Relationship Matters: third place in One Act Playwriting Competition at Hart House, University of Toronto, May 2001
* Extensive Care: New Play Festival, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, April 25, 1993
* Skit Row Winner for Best Skit Writing; performed at National Arts Centre, Ottawa, March 1988.