“It’s “Mrs. Doubtfire” meets “Goodfellas” meets “Glee.”
On the night of his big comeback in a world-premiere musical, Tony Finelli gives an extensive, backstage interview to Barbara Bischof, celebrity journalist from Hollywood Hotline. During the course of the interview, Tony and Barbara look back over his extraordinarily eventful life.
To save his family from being murdered by the mob, Tony Finelli spent 15 years in Moabit Prison in Berlin for a crime he didn`t commit. Upon his release, Tony finds that he has lost not only his wife, children, and home, but also his name, reputation, career – and all his money.
Like a clumsy Phoenix trying to rise from the ashes, the eternal optimist sets out on a very bumpy journey to reclaim his life, and win back the love and respect of his family.
Unfortunately for Tony, things don’t always work out as planned…
In the 1990s, Tony Finelli, an Italian-American from New York (Mark Janicello) was a star in Europe. Tony found fame starring in “ELVIS: The Musical” and together with his ever-present manager, Jürgen Drahtseil, turned that initial success into an international singing career. In 1997, Jürgen was approached by an “Italian Concert Promoter” regarding a big concert for Tony in Sicily.
This “promoter” turned out to be an undercover agent working for the German CIA and leading a secret sting operation to arrest ”Mr. Big“ (Godfather of the Gambaretto Mafia Family), who was under investigation in Berlin for both tax evasion and money laundering.