Exactly six decades 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 a musical production.
The Elvis Years, which comes to the Phoenix Theatre in Blyth on Friday, September 12, 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 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 more than 20 years.
He said: “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 back in time.”
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 Phoenix Theatre in Blyth on Friday, September 12, at 7.30pm. For tickets call the box Office on (01670) 367228.