El­vis fe­ver hits Hud­son star­ting to­night

Award win­ning im­per­so­na­tor brin­ging King to life

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TEl­vis ma­nia will sweep the re­gion star­ting to­night when The Hud­son Vil­lage Theatre debuts Blue Suede Shoes: The King, The Co­lo­nel, The Me­mo­ries.

he Ca­na­dian C2 En­ter­tain­ment touring show that will run from June 18 to 29, stars Roy Leblanc, win­ner of the Las Ve­gas 2003 World’s Best El­vis Com­pe­ti­tion, and Ch­ris McHarge as Co­lo­nel Tom Par­ker.

The two-hour show co­ve­ring more than 45 El­vis songs is said to be an ener­ge­tic ho­mage to the mu­sic le­gend.

Re­vie­wers have prai­sed Leblanc’s por­trayal of Pres­ley. “Leblanc IS El­vis Pres­ley... 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 tri­bute show fea­tu­ring more than a do­zen cos­tume changes co­vers Pres­ley’s me­teo­ric rise to fame and is told th­rough the eyes of Co­lo­nel Tom Par­ker, the King’s li­fe­long bu­si­ness ma­na­ger, played in the show 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, and his Ve­gas spec­tacles.

The show run ope­ning to­night will in­clude ma­ti­nee and eve­ning per­for­mances. The Hud­son Vil­lage Theatre is si­tua­ted at 28 Wharf Rd. For show times or ti­ckets, call the box of­fice at 450 458-5361, or go to www.vil­la­ge­theatre.ca.

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Blue Suede Shoes: The King, The Co­lo­nel, The Me­mo­ries will open to­night at the Hud­son Vil­lage Theatre and run un­til June 29.

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