One Night With Elvis, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
I WAS looking forward to this one.
I love Elvis Presley and have done for a long time so knew I would be in for a treat with One Night of Elvis at the Everyman Theatre with Lee Memphis King, as, well the King.
The theatre was packed with a very excited audience. There was a buzz before it even started.
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I knew I would enjoy this show as I like many of Elvis' songs. However I was also aware that Elvis tribute acts are pretty much two a penny so on that front I wasn't sure what to expect.
Well I was'nt disappointed. Lee Memphis King entered the stage perfectly encompassing the sound and the spirit of Elvis. He performed hit after hit, starting off with some of the rock 'n' roll classics such as Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog and Dont be Cruel.
Lee was funny and entertaining, switching from his Elvis persona to an experienced comedian and as my friend rightly pointed out there was a definite Norman Wisdom quality about him which was definitely a compliment.
With every lip curl and leg tremble he had the women in the audience positively swooning over him. Supported by a fantastic band and vocally talented backing singers, another special mention to Jill Shoonjans (June Carter of The Johhny Cash Roadshow Fame) whose vocals were simply breathtaking.
The first half ended with my all-time favourite I Have A Dream and at this point I was hooked.
After the interval we were treated to a tribute of the Las Vegas Years with Lee sporting a particularly fetching white jump suit.
Too many hits to list but special mentions for The Wonder of You, American Trilogy and My Way. Just brilliant.
When it was time for the finale Elvis had his very own standing ovation. Everyone was having such a great time, it was almost like Elvis was back. He closed the show with Suspicious Minds which had everyone singing along and with some dancing in the aisles.
It was an effortless performance. Lee clearly loved Elvis as much as we did and was having a ball whilst doing it. Hands down best tribute I've ever seen. Vocals, style, atmosphere pure entertainment. It had it all.
Elvis has left the building. I just hope he returns to Cheltenham very soon. What a night.