Theatre review – This Is Elvis – Princess Theatre Torquay

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This Is Elvis – Princess Theatre Torquay, until Saturday 4th August

And the roof is off! Wow, wow, wow…what a show. This is as good as a tribute act could ever be. The whole audience is on their feet, there’s dancing in the aisles, we are in Vegas 1968!

It’s 50 years since Elvis made a live TV comeback appearance, to be known as the ’68 Comeback Special, his first TV performance in years. The critics and public are blown away by the show and Elvis is re-established as the King of Rock ‘n’Roll! Six months later Colonel Tom Parker has Elvis booked into the International Hotel in Vegas for a months engagement. This his first time performing live in front of an audience in 7 years and where he would spend the rest of his life back in the spotlight.

The first half of the show sees the TV performance and focuses on the faded star’s fragile ego and relationships with his manager and fellow band members, both of whom harbour serious doubts as to whether Elvis will even make it to the studio as he feels he’s been total eclipsed by the Brit invasion led by the Fab four – The Beatles. He does though and we get a taste of what’s to come as Canadian award-winning tribute star Steve Michaels can do, as black leather clad Elvis puts together a medley of hits. Michaels’ looks, actions and styling are spot on and you have to agree with those say he was born to play the King!

The second act takes us straight to the International Hotel and all its 60s neon glitz. Michaels is supported by a great band of musicians and his backing singers, the Sweet Inspirations. Michaels’ rendition of no less than 20 numbers is exhausting to watch, his hip-thrusting, shaking and rattling are just mesmerising, and the audience enthused with energy are on their feet for a good part of the performance.

I was expecting a bit more of a focus on the star’s life and the personal troubles that coloured much of Elvis’ later life but this gladly wasn’t the case and we came away with a thoroughly positive view of the King from what is a pure celebration of this legendary entertainer.

You might not think you’re an Elvis fan but if you love music and want to know what made Elvis the King of Rock ‘n’ roll don’t miss this…

Tickets Here Evening performances and Matinee Saturday.