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Full houses, standing ovations and rave reviews -
True Love Songs rocks this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival.

With two out of three shows performed, two full houses, two standing ovations, a flood of glowing audience reviews and now a sold out final show - is it possible that Martin Gladman and Michael Benhayon are heating up to be two of this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival’s amazing undiscovered talents?

When Martin Gladman and Michael Benhayon first decided to present An Intimate Evening Of True Love Songs as their first ever show together, they didn’t know what to expect. But after being asked to add further shows due to popular demand, they knew they had done something right.

Performing as part of The Boardwalk Republic at Gasworks Arts Park, Martin Gladman and Michael Benhayon weave together a night of originally written songs, intimately stripped back to their piano and vocal form, exploring and sharing the many ways in which we can love – be it with ourselves or with others.

Accompanied by long time performers, Rachael Kane, Tina Kopa and Catherine Wood on baking vocals, audience members are already describing the show as being ‘elegant’, ‘warm’, ‘intimate’, ‘real’ and ‘inspiring’, but for these final shows, Michael and Martin say they’re going to up the joy factor and take it to another level.

If ever there were an act to stumble upon as part of this year’s Fringe Festival that is guaranteed to present a night of intimate and intricate beauty, Martin Gladman and Michael Benhayon’s An Intimate Evening of True Love Songs would be it. Just see what the audience is saying.

A final additional show has just been announced for Saturday October 1st 5:30pm at Gasworks Arts Park and tickets are already selling fast! Tickets can be purchased directly from Gasworks by phoning (03) 9699 3253, online at www.gasworks.org.au or from the box office at 21 Graham Street, Albert Park.

Audience reviews:

“I totally loved how real and natural and beautiful the evening was...it's like having a gorgeous band performing just for you in your home - I loved it!”

“I loved watching a singer stand on the stage with the innocent twinkle of a young child in his eyes, and a big smile that said 'hey guys welcome - we are all on stage'.”

“I couldn’t stop smiling and feeling the absolute beauty, joy and tenderness that Martin Gladman sang with... and I absolutely loved the impromptu foot drumming and seeing Michael Benhayon perform with such an elegance, spunk and solidarity.”

"Such a beautiful evening. My friends loved it and the gentleman I was with shared how much he felt how both Martin and Michael lived and loved what they sang - he couldn't stop smiling.”