Vinny St. Marten was born the sixteenth child to an Italian-American family in Glen Cove, New York. He was born with glaucoma in both eyes,
and lost his sight when he was eight after a failed corneal implant that made headlines nationwide. Music became an integral part of St. Marten's life, and evolved from a hobby to pass long afternoons drenched in darkness to a fruitful career in the New York recording industry. St. Marten has recently created his musical autobiography, "The Blind Truth," and hopes to share his incredible story with the world.
Elysa Sunshine is an accomplished vocalist, musician, recording artist, and the musical soul-mate of Vinny St. Marten. Based largely in the New York area, Sunshine has performed at Carnegie Hall and Shea Stadium, and served as a musical director for Off-Broadway plays, the most notable of which was "A Jew Grows in Brooklyn." As a performer, she has been featured by popular record labels such as RCA, Columbia, Atlantic Records, and Koch International. She met Vinny St. Marten in 1973, when she joined his band.
The show will be directed by Frederick Stroppel, who also assisted in writing the book. Stroppel has written for television and theater for over twenty years, writing for HBO, Nickelodeon, and PBS. Stroppel created and directed the popular web series "Suburban Legends," and has written several plays with successful Off-Broadway runs, such as "Fortune's Fools" and "The Manhattan Woods." Stroppel is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writer's Guild of America East.