This is Elvis is in town and Elvis is certainly in the building!
The audience at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall was ‘All Shook Up’ as Steve Michaels starred as The King of Rock’n’Roll Elvis Presley.
This is a new musical by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield, however it didn’t feel like it, as the whole performance was as tight as the leather jumpsuit, with incredible vocals from Steve Michaels as well as The Sweet Inspirations, Estelle Myrna and Sylvia played by Chevone Stewart, Katrina May and Misha Malcom.
The story starts of in 1968 the year of the major musical event filmed at the NBC Studios known as ‘The ’68 Comeback Special’, which this year also marks the 50th Anniversary of the phenomenal event.
This was where Elvis got up close and personal with his fans showing the world that Elvis is back and he means business, this event would make or break Elvis’ career after years of making movies and not performing in front of a live audience.
The audience if they wasn’t standing on their feet already dancing and singing, they were tapping their feet and nodding their heads to some of Elvis’ greatest songs which he gave a more raw and powerful feel at this performance such as ‘One Night’, ‘Hound Dog’ and to slow things down with ‘Love me Tender’.
Having a glimpse of what went on behind the scenes with Elvis and his Memphis Mafia and closest friends, such as Charlie Hodge (Played by Mark Pearce) and Joe Esposito (Played by Reuven Gershon), this was filled with drama showing us the good times when rehearing and joking around (The telephone scene was funny) to the bad times showing the personal fears Elvis had with not being able to switch off and living with the added worry of not being good enough in his mothers eyes.
If that wasn’t enough the story kept on going, the songs just kept on coming, which lead the second half of the production to Las Vegas with songs such as ‘That’s All Right Mama’ , ‘In The Ghetto’ , ‘The Wonder of You’ , ‘If I Can Dream’ and ‘Suspicious Minds’ that was only for starters just to wet your appetite, there were so many more songs the second half of the production it turned into more of a live concert, than a musical but that wasn’t such a bad thing.
I’ve seen my fair share of good and bad Elvis Tribute acts and shows, more recently I saw Shawn Klush here at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, who I was hugely disappointing with, I was so looking forward to see the show, as originally booked for his own show which without warning turned into an Elvis Tribute show along with two other Elvis Tribute acts, thankfully Dean Z was part of the show and he was outstanding.
This is by far The Best Elvis Show You Will Ever See, it had everything from great set and stage designs and lighting to the smooth transitions between each of the scenes, it totally gave us the look and feel of the time and lets not forget the music, the live band belting out these outstanding songs.
Totally professional and never missed a beat, if you’re not an Elvis Presley fan go see it just for the musical marvel however if you are an Elvis Presley fan then you must go and see it. Let’s not forget it is the 50th Anniversary of the 68′ Comeback Special and what better way to experience it then to see ‘This is Elvis’
Oh and one more treat, and what better way to get you ready for the forthcoming live screening of the 68′ Comeback Special when it visits Cineworld Cinema at the Cornerhouse Nottingham, go see ‘This is Elvis’ first you wont be disappointed.
If you like musicals such as ‘Let it Be’, ‘Rock of Ages’ and ‘Thriller Live’ you will enjoy ‘This is Elvis’
– Outstanding vocals by Steve Michaels, with a very operatic voice, hitting the high and low notes with ease. I just liked how he didn’t copy the songs like a tribute act would normally do, he put his own take on them plus having the moves to go with it.
– Live Band / Cast Vocals and musical talent
– How well the production was put together, at no part was I bored, regardless of being a fan of Elvis Presley, the sights and songs of the production kept me and the rest of the audience entertained. Even got a standing ovation at the end.
Song of the night – ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’
– I wish it didn’t have to end
– There could of maybe have been a little more story telling, such as maybe after one song it cuts to what would happen behind the scenes and how Elvis coped with the pressure. We did get to see a small amount of that but it would of been nicer to go deeper and maybe even have a darker take to what happened after the Las Vegas shows.
“The Best Elvis Show You Will Ever See” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ by ItsMuchMore
Elvis will still be in the building till Saturday 11th August 2018
Venue: Royal Concert Hall
Running time: Act 1: 1 hour, Interval: 20 minutes, Act 2: 1 hour
Photo by Pamela Raith Photography