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'Incredible' performers kick off cabaret-style fundraiser at MCC

Marisa McIntyre, Kale Penny headlining June 29 show with proceeds going to Lindsey’s Legacy Fund for Clear Cell Ovarian Cancer Research
Funds raised from June 29 will benefit legacy fund created in honour of Lyndsey Martin-Penny, who passed away last year after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.

Lindsey’s Legacy Cabaret organizers are excited to announce that accomplished theatre performers Marisa McIntyre and Kale Penny will headline the show, dubbed ‘A Musical Theatre Showcase’.

Funds raised from the June 29 show at the Midland Cultural Centre will go towards Lindsey’s Legacy Fund for Clear Cell Ovarian Cancer Research, a fund of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Show producer Lauren Bowler is confident that the audience will have a great time, given McIntyre and Penny's musical and performance pedigrees.

“An evening with incredible musicians playing some of Broadway’s best music. I can’t think of a more fabulous way to raise awareness and honour a truly amazing woman,” she said. “It will be a night to remember.”

The fund was created by friends and family to remember Lindsey Martin-Penny, who died last July at age 59 after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer just six months earlier.

“Our goal, in Lindsey’s name, is to offer hope to the hundreds of women in Canada who each year are faced with this heartbreaking diagnosis,” Penny said. “We know Lindsey would want her life to have this kind of meaning with this lasting gift to others.”

To that end, this summer’s cabaret-style fundraiser will feature McIntyre, who has been performing in musicals since the age of 14 when she debuted in The Music Man at the Stratford Festival.

Since then, she has gone to star in numerous productions including Mamma Mia and Les Miserables with Mirvish Productions, Chicago, The Last Five Years, 39 Steps, All Shook Up, The Drowsy Chaperone, Million Dollar Quartet and Company, which garnered her a Dora Award nomination for best supporting actor.

Her film credits include Mrs. America, Chucky, Hudson and Rex, Frankie Drake, Ruby and the Well, Five Days at Memorial and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria where she placed in the top four.

Penny, meanwhile, is a west-coast actor and musician now living in Stratford.

He recently finished two productions of Jersey Boys where he played Tommy Devito (Citadel Theatre and Thousand Islands Playhouse), and is currently starring in Rock Of Ages at the Mayfield Theatre in Edmonton.

He has performed in theatres across Canada including many shows for Drayton Entertainment,  notably Newsies, Man Of La Mancha, Rock Of Ages and Sleeping Beauty: The Panto.

Also an accomplished singer/songwriter, Penny has performed with David Foster as the winner of Mount Doug Idol, and released his own EP The Tracks in 2017, which was adapted into a play starring himself and his wife Lauren. It premiered in 2021 for Here For Now Theatre in Stratford.

Both performers said they’re delighted to be participating in the Midland event.

“I feel honoured to be part of this beautiful celebration,” McIntyre said. “It’s wonderful to help support an important  cause and I’m excited to share it with the community.”

Added Penny: “I can't wait to  share this evening with you, to support a great cause, and to honour a legendary woman”

Because the event is now sold out, organizers are asking those who were hoping to purchase tickets, to  instead consider supporting the cause by making a donation at the fund’s website.

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