Kent singer/actor, Scott Elvis, plays the title role of Elvis Presley in Anscombe Production Associates brand-new theatre musical production, ELVIS Las Vegas 1969, at The Woodville in Gravesend.
The production received its world premiere last night, (Friday, April 28) with two performances today at 5pm and 8pm, prior to embarking on a UK Tour before heading to London’s West End in 2018.
ELVIS Las Vegas 1969 is based on the final few hours leading up to Elvis Presley making his return to the stage following years away from live performances making movies.
Act 1: focuses on those tense hours where Elvis was surrounded by his closest and most trusted friends who helped to keep him calm in his preparation for the concert. We see the domineering behaviour of Colonel Tom Parker who ruled over Elvis throughout his career. We see the close friendship that Elvis had with Charlie Hodge and we then witness the sensitive and sometimes awkward relationship that he had with his wife Priscilla. The act 1 script has been carefully crafted by director/writer Gerry Tebbutt working from factual and historical information available from the time.
Act 2: is a replication of the famous concert that took place on July 31 1969 at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in the presence of a star-studded audience. Initially intended to be a one-off concert, it then went on to play over 50 performances at the 2000 seat venue.
Cast includes: Tom Dussek in the role of Colonel Tom Parker. Joe Connors plays Presley’s right hand man and confidant Charlie Hodge and Francesca Peplow, a young and talented graduate actress from GSA takes on the role of Priscilla Presley.
There is a full supporting cast/band of nine actor/musicians making up this company of sixteen players. A truly talented team of actors and musicians bringing this brand-new production to Gravesend for its World Premiere.
The production is directed and written by Gerry Tebbutt, the former head of musical theatre studies at Guildford School of Acting. Gerry brings a wealth of experience to this production as both writer and director and he will be joined by his wife, choreographer Jill Francis.
Set and costume design by Stephen Holroyd, sound design by Marcus Wadland with lighting design by Brian Holt. The story is based on an original idea by Neale Hobday who can also be seen on stage in the production playing bass guitar.
Event: ELVIS Las Vegas 1969
Where: The Woodville, Woodville Place, Gravesend, Kent DA12 1DD
When: Saturday, April 29
Time: 5pm and 8pm
Cost: Tickets £21/£17 concs
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