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A Tribute to Elvis: Rapid City '77

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Be entertained and enchanted by Elvis Presley himself
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Image taken by Peter Casamento / Casamento Photography


A tribute to Elvis in Concert will soon regale Melburnians with a memorable recreation of the last public performance of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll. I was recently invited as a guest to the media preview show of this made in Melbourne theatrical presentation.

On a chilly, wet Wednesday night as I stepped into the Dallas Brooks Centre at 300 Albert Street, East Melbourne I was warmly welcomed by the marketing manager of the show, Denis. Over the next few minutes Denis awed me with the brief history behind this remarkable performance as well as sharing their inspirations and aspirations.

Denis elaborated that a tribute to Elvis in Concert is the first ever attempt at recreating Elvis's last ever televised appearance, the Rapid City '77 CBS special. Great effort has gone into making this show which takes a different look at Elvis. Presented by Bluestone Productions from August 23rd for 4 shows only at Dallas Brooks Centre, this event is a not to be missed concert for people of all ages.

Denis introduced me to a small exhibition area displaying many items associated with Elvis's life. I eagerly strolled around the exhibition area soaking up the life story of Elvis while admiring the various personal effects of Elvis including his infamous rhinestone studded belt, fancy jewellery, photos as well as a replica of the Graceland wall, stonewall of Elvis's house which has for years been the canvas for tributes from countless fans. I even scribbled my own little message on the wall. Denis informed me that visitors to the show can write their tribute on the wall as well as get happy snaps taken by a professional photographer. These snaps will be given to the visitors on the house, free souvenirs to remember the night.

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Image taken by Peter Casamento / Casamento Photography


The auditorium of the Dallas Brooks Hall is huge with double-storied sitting area comprising of old yet comfy seats. I found myself a comfy seat and waited with baited breath. The gala premiere commenced with a little introduction on Elvis's last performance. The main show started without any further ado.

The curtain was raised and an Elvis look-alike took centre-stage accompanied by a huge crew of musicians and singers. My heart skipped a bit as I watched the Elvis on the stage, who has an uncanny resemblance to the King himself. Donning a bright white costume with golden studs and flamboyant belt, this star performer began singing while emulating various gestures and postures of Elvis. The entire hall came alive with the loud music. As our very own Elvis belted out many of the chart-topping songs of Elvis Presley, the crew offered brilliant support to make the show a roaring success demonstrating their wonderful musical talents.

A highlight of this show is the beautiful usage of colourful limelights lending the show an enigmatic allure. As a sign of being careful with every little detail, the show includes the presence of ardent female fans who constantly rush to the stage to touch and attract the attention their God. All their attempts are thwarted by uniformed, baton wielding policemen. All these acts are of course part of the show which definitely give the show a greater element of authenticity.

Every member of the Bluestone Productions has gone the whole nine yards to bring into life Elvis Presley. Tony Franks, Melbourne musician and producer, has delivered a dazzling performance impersonating the King, one of the world's greatest entertainers. A sensory extravagance is ensured by an amazing 16 piece orchestra, 10 backup singers and ensemble and of course Elvis's very own dynamic 8 piece band. This presentation is the first Elvis show in the Dallas Brooks Hall. This venue was specifically nominated due to its resemblance to the original venue in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Dallas Brooks Hall has been a Melbourne Premier theatre location for several years and will be closing its doors to the public early next year. So there is a high likelihood that this show will be the last show held at the Dallas Brooks Hall.

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Image taken by Peter Casamento / Casamento Photography


Prepare to be transported into a bygone era when the entire world rejoiced at hearing the King's name and women of all ages and cultures fell head over and heels over his remarkable music and devilish good looks. Come along to this stunning theatrical presentation to witness the magic which had hordes of people go weak in their knees at the very mention of Elvis's name. Find out more visiting their Facebook page.

Tickets are on sale through Ticketek. There is a special 2 for 1 Father's Day deal which comes out on Monday, 12 August 2013. To take advantage of this deal you can call up Ticketek and use the special Code word "HOUND DOG".
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*Joy was invited as a guest
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Why? To experience the magic of Elvis Presley
Where: Dallas Brooks Centre, 300 Albert Street, East Melbourne
Cost: $49 per ticket
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