Friday, May 24, 2024

Elvis revolution hits Sydney stage

The Sydney return of Elvis: A Musical Revolution will have a red carpet premiere at Sydney’s State Theatre tomorrow, with the season followed by a National Tour.

With preview shows already inspiring standing ovations, the reimagined production features even more #1 hit Elvis songs and high energy dance numbers. 

Penned by acclaimed international writers, Elvis: A Musical Revolution is an all new bio-musical authorised by Elvis Presley Enterprises, featuring dazzling choreography and over 40 songs.

With tickets starting at $69*, seats are selling like gold records via Ticketmaster.

The national tour will follow to Adelaide from 3 April, Perth from 11 May and Gold Coast from 22 June. Tickets to Adelaide can be purchased via Ticketek. Tickets to Perth can be purchased via Ticketmaster. Tickets to the Gold Coast season can be purchased via the HOTA website.

“Sydney audiences do not disappoint! It’s been amazing to see the level of response Sydney has shown for our reimagined show, which is tighter, faster and features even more fan favourite songs,” says Producer David Venn.

Mainstage and television star, Rob Mallett, will continue to shine in the iconic role of Elvis Presley after receiving rave reviews and securing the role from over 700 applicants. He is based in Maroubra Sydney, and grew up in an apple orchard in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. 

The performers who share the principal role of Young Elvis might be the smallest, but their triple-threat talents do not go unnoticed. Three young Sydney-siders aged between 10-12 years old will share the role, Rhys James Hankey, Finn Walsham, and Tommy Kent.

A talent search is underway to cast ‘Young Elvis’ in Adelaide and Perth, with the Gold Coast talent search to commence in May. Young Elvis performs song and dance numbers, as well as a number of dialogue scenes. 

The Australian premiere production features an all Australian cast from across the country. 

Gold Coast talent Jo-Anne Jackson (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) is thrilled to be bringing the show home to where she began a music career that saw her perform on festival stages and support major international acts. Jo-Anne plays real life gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Ian Stenlake (Stingers, Sea Patrol, Mamma Mia) performs the role of Elvis’ manager Colonel Parker, and grew up in the outback Queensland town of Barcaldine before moving to Sydney to start his illustrious career on the Australian screen and stage.

Beautiful Adelaide performer Annie Chiswell (Friends The Musical Parody, The Wedding Singer) performs the role of Priscilla Presley. She is also due to appear as a series regular in upcoming TV series High Country, opposite Leah Purcell. 

Performing the role of Memphis record producer Sam Phillips is Ben Hall (Devil’s Playground, Love Child, Neighbours), who is originally from Perth. Captivating ensemble member Moniquewa Williams also hails from the West Australian capital. 

Triple threat ensemble members Lauren Jimmieson and William Motunuu both originally came from Brisbane, and cannot wait to have their families see them perform a variety of roles in the show. Meanwhile, electric ensemble member Callum Marshall grew up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Presented in partnership with Authentic Brands Group (Authentic), owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises, the musical explores pivotal moments in Elvis’ life from his childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi through to his triumphant ’68 Comeback Special. 

The song catalogue includes Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog, That’s All Right, All Shook Up, Suspicious Minds, Heartbreak Hotel, Burning Love, Blue Suede Shoes, Good Rockin’ Tonight, Don’t Be Cruel, Are You Lonesome, Return to Sender, Teddy Bear, A Big Hunk O’ Love, See See Rider, Can’t Help Falling In Love, A Little Less Conversation, Guitar Man and more.

Audiences of all ages will have the chance to connect with the music of a generation that continues to have an undeniable cultural impact.

David Abbinanti and Sean Cercone have written the book for the musical, with David composing the Orchestrations, Arrangements and Additional Music & Lyrics. Together they have worked on a slew of hit internationally touring musicals such as Saturday Night Fever: The Musical and Ghost: The Musical, collaborating with Oscar and Grammy winners.


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