Mark Janicello to star in The Finellis Musical world premiere

The Finellis Musical poster

Mark Janicello is set to bring his unique story to the musical stage with The Finellis Musical, debuting this June at Wonderville in London’s West End.

This fresh and funny production draws inspiration from Mark’s real-life experiences with Scientology, which he claims nearly destroyed his career.

Based on the critically acclaimed The Finellis Movie, the musical will offer a humorous take on some of life’s toughest challenges. The film’s success has paved the way for this musical adaptation, where Mark will reprise his role as Tony Finelli, a character that allows him to comically address his past ordeals with Scientology.

Mark says: “The Finellis gave me a way to rewrite my own history. It enabled me to take the tragedies of my life and find a way to laugh about it. Great comedy often comes through great pain or loss. Tony Finelli gave me the mask to hide behind, so I could find a way to process my horrific experience with Scientology. I lost everything.”

The musical’s plot centres around Tony Finelli, a character who embodies resilience and optimism. His journey takes him from stardom to incarceration and back, reminiscent of cinematic hits like Mrs. Doubtfire and Goodfellas.

After spending 15 years in a Berlin prison to protect his family from the mafia, Tony returns to a life that barely resembles the one he left behind. His home is transformed, his wife has moved on, and his children are strangers to him.

With nothing but a janitor’s job at his former mansion, now a Bed and Breakfast, Tony’s quest to reclaim his life and family unfolds with both heartache and hilarity.

The cast will also feature Jake Pollicino playing a younger Tony and Lisa Gorgin as his Russian wife, Tina. The ensemble is rounded out by notable performers such as Michael Christopher, Colette Kelly, and Chiara de Palo, portraying various members of the Finelli family. Mike Sterling joins the cast as Tony’s inept manager.

The Finellis Musical will run from 3-16 June 2024 at Wonderville with tickets on sale here.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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