LONG LIVE THE KING

Max Pel­li­cano has taken im­per­son­at­ing Elvis to the next level with a show in which he ap­proaches the su­per­star as a theatre piece

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY SHOWS - JANE AR­MIT­STEAD

Max Pel­li­cano watched Elvis Pres­ley con­certs in slow mo­tion to master his moves, now he is known as the world’s most suc­cess­ful Elvis im­per­son­ator. The US singer ex­plains what it’s like work­ing with Elvis’s back-up singers and liv­ing up to the leg­end of “The King”. you’re per­form­ing at night and liv­ing on Waikiki Beach? The mu­sic is the main thing and it comes above any­thing. I’m an ac­tor and I like to play roles and dif­fer­ent parts and I love do­ing the Elvis char­ac­ter, it never gets old for me. I will al­ways find new things to per­form and I look at old videos and find stuff that I haven’t done for a while or stuff that I’ve missed so I keep it fresh.

mem­o­ries back in those days. lot but when I started study­ing for Bye, Bye Birdie, that’s when I re­ally started to like Elvis and ap­pre­ci­ate his mu­sic. A lot of the boot­leg con­certs that he did, he didn’t think he was be­ing filmed so he was a dif­fer­ent en­ter­tainer. On his big con­cert nights, he knew he was go­ing to be filmed and he was a lit­tle more up­tight. I’ve watched a lot of those boot­leg con­certs and a lot of the stuff is just crazy, he was just hav­ing a good time and that’s what I try and copy on stage. The danc­ing came re­ally, re­ally easy for some rea­son. Peo­ple used to say to me that I was a great dancer and I never saw it. I’m not trained or any­thing, I just do what I see Elvis do and it all came very nat­u­rally. You see him do it in the movies and you just try to copy what he is do­ing and how he is do­ing them. Some­times I’d put the movies on in slow mo­tion and copy him. Down the road I would like to get more into my act­ing and maybe some day do a movie or a mu­si­cal on the life of Elvis, or some­thing as­so­ci­ated with Elvis.

Max Pel­li­cano is known as the world’s most suc­cess­ful Elvis im­per­son­ator.

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