ABOUT THE CREATOR
L E A N D R O M E N D E Z
Watch Leandro's performance as 'The Reinventor'
in REINVENTION OF DISCO
Visit the Official Artist Website of LEANDRO MENDEZ
LEANDRO MENDEZ is the creator of groundbreaking live tribute shows such as "TINA: A Rock 'n Roll Journey" and "REINVENTION OF DISCO".
Leandro is a Canadian writer, choreographer and director - a graduate of Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and TV. He had written several screenplays, two of which had won awards. One of them was a winner of a screenwriting competition held by ABS-CBN, one of the largest television media networks in Asia.
Starting off as choreographer and dancer for the Tina Turner tribute show called "All Hail The Queen!", Leandro had worn a few hats over the years --- a featured dancer in MuchMusic Canada, actor in UBC's production of "The Wiz", and director of various stage productions all over Toronto and Vancouver.
Being a fan of Tina Turner since he was 10 years old, Leandro took on the challenge of bringing to the live stage "TINA - A Rock 'N Roll Journey". In February 2005, Leandro came up with the story concept and show outline while on a plane to New York --- with a bit of a Broadway dream & inspiration in his heart. He struggled to write the actual script as he had to come up with a way to tell Tina's tale through her own songs without the use of dialogue.
Fresh from the success of "TINA" which debuted in Vancouver back in September 2006 and eventually toured North America to standing ovations and rave reviews, Leandro had decided to create his own independent production of his other show, "QUEEN OF DISCO - The Musical Journey of Donna Summer". It had its world premiere in December 2007 in Manila, starring London's West End stage actress Jenine Desiderio (of Miss Saigon).
In 2009, Leandro had directed and choreographed "MAJESTIES OF ROCK" - a fun variety Vegas-style tribute show based on the music of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and Donna Summer.
Always a huge fan of Donna Summer and disco music in general, Ms. Summer's untimely passing had inspired Leandro to resurrect the Queen of Disco's several disco hits and reinvent them to electrifying heights! Thus, the concept of "REINVENTION OF DISCO" is born and has been staged in 2014, 2015 & 2016 in Vancouver. During the 2015 staging, Leandro had the amazing opportunity to work with Broadway Star, American Idol & NBC's The Voice Finalist Frenchie Davis. For the 2016 staging, he had the privilege of working with Canadian Recording Artist & R&B sensation -- Eliza Smith and had the thrilling opportunity to work with Grammy Award Winning Record Producer Ian Prince who became the Vocal Director of the 2016 show. Ian Prince' past works involve producing records for musical legends Earth Wind & Fire, Quincy Jones, Sheena Easton and The Manhattan Transfer.
Leandro has future production plans for another disco-inspired dance visual concept show - "REINVENTION: Studio 54" - inspired by the legendary phenomenon of the famed disco club of New York City in 1977. It reinvents several other disco hits from the 70s by artists such as Abba, The Village People and Gloria Gaynor to name a few.
Visit Leandro's Facebook Artist Page - @mendezreinvention
Find out about Leandro's other concept show - www.reinvention007.com
Check out rave reviews of TINA: A ROCK N' ROLL JOURNEY at www.tinajourney.com