Exactly six decades years after Elvis Presley first walked into Sun Studios in Memphis as a teenage truck driver, the story of ‘The King’ is being brought to life on stages across the UK in the form of an outstanding musical production.
‘The Elvis Years,’ which comes to the Drill Hall in Lincoln on Friday July 25th, is an authentic concert production of the highly acclaimed West End musical ‘Jailhouse Rock’ featuring original Elvis star Mario Kombou and his incredible band and led by legendary producer, musical director and Ivor Novello award-winner David Mackay.
The energetic show is a complete theatrical experience that transports the audience on a musical and emotional journey featuring the highs and lows of Elvis’s life – including the Grand Ole Opry, the ‘Louisiana Hayride’, the death of his beloved mother, his time in the army, the Hollywood movie years, the ’68 Comeback Special and the incomparable ‘Las Vegas’ concerts.
Actor and singer Mario Kombou has been performing as Elvis for over 20 years. He says: “Being cast in Jailhouse Rock was a dream come true for me- I got to play my favourite film character for eight shows a week. This made me want to delve deeper into Elvis’s career, which ultimately led to the creation of ‘The Elvis Years.’
“The show tells the incredible story of how a poor boy from Tupelo, Mississippi went on to become the greatest musical icon the world has seen… and will ever see. It portrays the most iconic moments of Elvis’s career and sets the scene of the different musical and social eras – taking the audience right back in time.”
“There have been many great legends….” adds Mario “….Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Michael Jackson to name but a few, but Elvis was truly a phenomenon and his music continues to inspire admiration from fans throughout the world.”
Australian born show producer and musical director, David Mackay, has produced major hits for some of the biggest names in music including Cliff Richard, Bonnie Tyler, Frankie Miller, Billy Ocean, Dusty Springfield, The Bee Gees and Eric Clapton.
David says: “Casting for Jailhouse Rock took an abnormally long time. Finding the lead man took us all over the country and onto America where we auditioned people in New York who were flown in from various parts of America. We brought some here to London to see them on stage with other previously chosen cast members, but the unanimous choice was UK based Mario Kombou.”
“There was a real magic on stage during the run of the show at London’s Piccadilly Theatre, and Mario, along with several of the cast didn’t want the magic to end. In developing the musical we had formed a close and creative relationship, so together we combined forces and set about creating a new production ‘The Elvis Years’– a show that encompasses the entire creative life of Elvis.”
With a world class cast, authentic costumes and rare film footage, The Elvis Years features more than 50 of the King’s greatest hits including ‘Hound Dog’, ‘It’s Now or Never’, ‘Just Can’t Help Believing’, ‘That’s Alright Mama’, ‘The Wonder Of You,’ ‘Suspicious Minds’ ‘American Trilogy’ and many more, as well as the lesser known tracks such as ‘Rock A Hoola Baby’ and ‘Bossa Nova Baby’.
The Elvis Years cast comprises talent from some of the biggest and most successful West End shows including Les Miserables, Starlight Express, Buddy, Dancing in the Streets, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Only The Lonely and many more.
The two hour show plays at the Lincoln Drill Hall on Friday July 25th at 7.30pm. Tickets are £19.50 from the Box Office on (01522) 873894 or www.lincolndrillhall.com.
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