El­vis tri­bute show hea­ding for Hud­son

Award win­ning im­per­so­na­tor brings King to life

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Hud­son will be in­un­da­ted with El­vis ma­nia when The Hud­son Vil­lage Theatre brings Blue Suede Shoes: The King, The Co­lo­nel, The Me­mo­ries to the pro­fes­sio­nal theatre from June 18 to 29.

The Ca­na­dian C2 En­ter­tain­ment touring show that has been a hit since it ope­ned in 2011 stars Roy Leblanc, win­ner of the Las Ve­gas 2003 World’s Best El­vis Com­pe­ti­tion, and Ch­ris McHarge as Co­lo­nel Tom Par­ker. Billed as an ener­ge­tic ho­mage to the ico­nic mu­sic le­gend, the show is a two-hour jour­ney co­ve­ring 45 El­vis songs.

Re­vie­wers have said that Leblanc as Pres­ley gives au­diences a chance to re­live the songs that made El­vis the world’s most be­lo­ved per­for­mer. “Leblanc IS El­vis Pres­ley and that alone is rea­son enough to buy a ti­cket ... Leblanc brings more than the voice and the man­ne­risms. He is the heart and soul that en­dea­red mil­lions of fans that re­main loyal to this day,” Eric Bun­nell of the Times-Jour­nal wrote.

The re­vue show is al­so said to be a consistent hit with sold-out au­diences. Da­vid Nairn, Ar­tis­tic Di­rec­tor of Theatre Oran­ge­ville, just north of To­ron­to, said “Blue Suede Shoes is a li­cense to print mo­ney!” When a full two-week run at Port Do­ver’s (Lake Erie) Ligh­thouse Fes­ti­val Theatre sold out be­fore the show had even ope­ned, Ad­mi­nis­tra­tive Di­rec­tor, He­len Wa­ge­naar, ad­ded two ad­di­tio­nal per­for­mances which al­so sold out wi­thin days. “We then ad­ded a third show,” Wa­ge­naar said, “and it sold out al­most im­me­dia­te­ly.”

Blue Sued Shoes tells the tale of Pres­ley’s me­teo­ric rise to fame th­rough the eyes of Co­lo­nel Tom Par­ker, the King’s li­fe­long bu­si­ness ma­na­ger who is brought to life by di­rec­tor and co-crea­tor Ch­ris McHarge.

The re­tros­pec­tive co­vers El­vis’s ca­reer in­clu­ding his ear­ly days at Sun Re­cords, the RCA Vic­tor years and his stint in the ar­my. El­vis’s ma­ny Hol­ly­wood films, as well as the unplugged, lea­ther-clad co­me­back spe­cial, and his gran­diose Ve­gas spec­tacles are al­so de­pic­ted. The show fea­tu­ring more than a do­zen cos­tume changes is per­for­med with a live band fea­tu­ring Mu­si­cal Di­rec­tor and Co­crea­tor Co­lin Ste­wart on bass, Dean Har­ri­son on key­boards, John Ken­ny on gui­tar and Ted Pea­cock playing drums.

The run that will in­clude ma­ti­nee and eve­ning per­for­mances is part of the HVT pro­fes­sio­nal sum­mer li­neup. The theatre is si­tua­ted at 28, Wharf Rd. For show­times or ti­ckets, call the box of­fice at 450 458-5361, or go to www.vil­la­ge­theatre.ca.

PHO­TO­THÈQUE

Blue Suede Shoes: The King, The Co­lo­nel, The Me­mo­ries will run at the Hud­son Vil­lage Theatre from June 18 to 29.

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