“One Night Of Elvis” starring Lee “Memphis” King faithfully recreated the spirit of the magic that was Elvis Presley on stage at The Edinburgh Playhouse tonight. This show focuses on what for many people are some of the most iconic years in the career of Elvis – live on stage “The Vegas Years”. Lee would be among the first people to admit than no one will ever completely replicate Elvis on stage, but this show is as close as most of us will ever come to experiencing the real thing.
This show follows on from the already hugely successful touring shows by Lee “Memphis” King of the classic “The ’68 Comeback Special” and, as in the previous show, loving care and attention has been paid to the songs and the memory of Elvis Presley. All of the costumes are designed and created by Gene Doucette who created Elvis’ costumes, and right from the opening introductions to this show, it was clear that “One Night Of Elvis” was bringing a spectacular show of musicians, singers and visuals to the stage and to the enthusiastic audience. This show is not touring lightly and more than giving the public value for money.
Where do you even start with songs from this period? Well “In the Ghetto”, “The Impossible Dream”, “The Wonder of You”, “My Way”, and “Suspicious Minds” (and many more throughout the show) are some of the obvious places, and each was received with the expected enthusiastic response from the audience.
Lee ”Memphis” King has this show and “his Elvis” down to a fine art, but underneath all the “tribute act” veneer, there is still “Lee the performer”. This man loves Elvis, loves the music and, through meticulous on stage presentation, pays (and plays) great respect to the memory of Elvis and his music. Lee knows he is not Elvis, and this show is definitely an Elvis tribute rather than someone trying to clone a show from forty odd years ago. There is still through the rhinestone suits more than enough of the charm and humour of Lee “Memphis” King himself shining through… including a great impression of Billy Connolly doing Elvis.
For an all too short time, belief is suspended and part of the magic that was Elvis Presley is recreated on stage, and when you are recreating something like this that is so special to the hearts and minds of so many people, that is a special thing to be able to do – even for a short time, and an at times “very enthusiastic” audience appreciated every song and every move.
I enjoyed the show very much and would happily see this show again.
For more information on the show go to www.leememphisking.com
Review by Donald Campbell