When Mark Anthony hits the stage and belts out the familiar tunes, people can be forgiven for thinking Elvis has re-entered the building
Mark Anthony admits he wasn’t always a fan of Elvis Presley impersonators. “I of kind thought it was a bit of a cop out,” he says.
“I didn’t like the idea of guys being an Elvis impersonator, as it was.”
It might seem ironic, then, that Anthony has dedicated his career to embodying The King of Rock ’n’ Roll.
Anthony will bring his tribute show, Elvis – I Can
Dream, to Jupiters Theatre this weekend.
The two-hour concert experience will feature the great hits such as Heartbreak Hotel, Don’t Be Cruel and Hound Dog.
“As I got older, I saw that there was room for someone to do a respectful tribute.”
Elvis Presley died one year before performer Anthony was born. He recalls being “force-fed Elvis” as a child.
Browsing his dad’s record collection, Anthony says Elvis’ image was different from the other artists there. Presley’s music defies categorisation, points out Anthony.
“Today ... it has a sound of its own. It doesn’t sound like anything else,” he says.
Anthony says he has never deliberately studied the musician. Instead, he suggests his ability to emulate Presley comes from “absorbing everything that he did – his stylings, his music, his films” while growing up.
It’s an approach that seems to have worked. Anthony has been “sanctioned” by Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc after working for the company.
Later, a “beautiful nice letter with the Graceland logo” was sent to his management.
“It was just like a thank you for all my years of commitment to them.”
Although his performance celebrates some of Presley’s greatest hits, Anthony will also shine a spotlight on some of the lesser-known songs.
Elvis – I Can Dream, Jupiters Gold Coast, Saturday night
Elvis impersonator Mark Anthony will perform at Jupiters on Saturday night.