The Elvis tribute production ‘From Memphis To Las Vegas’ should have fans of the King of Rock in raptures when it shows at Die Boer Theatre Restaurant in Durbanville on Saturday October 12 at 8.30pm.
Director and star James Marais has become well known for his Elvis tribute shows over the years. He won the best Elvis Tribute Artist in 2010 at the South Africa Elvis Festival, after which he went to Wales to represent South Africa against 12 other countries and ended fourth in the competition.
He has taken it upon himself to push the Elvis tribute show to new heights. Marais became an Elvis fan at the age of five and for the last 10 years he has been playing with big bands like The Rocking Rebels and The Rock Legends, doing shows all over South Africa for private corporate functions, weddings, pubs and theatres. Starring in productions like ‘Nashville Nights’, ‘Elvis And Friends’ and producing shows like ‘The Ultimate Tribute To The King’ and ‘Elvis – Rock N Roll Tribute’, he is well qualified to remind the world of the awesome power of the King Of Rock.
The Die Boer audience can look forward to a first half of Elvis in the 1950s and 60s, jumping back and forth between those periods with songs like ‘Shake Rattle & Roll’, ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘Such a Night’ and ‘Viva Las Vegas’.
The second half of ‘From Memphis To Las Vegas’ will showcase Elvis’s 1970s Las Vegas period, replete with Rhinestone jumpsuits and the classics of the decade, including ‘Suspicious Minds’, ‘Burning Love’, ‘The Wonder Of You’, ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, ‘One Night With You’ and many more.
The large cast of nine performers include the likes of Monique Cassells on backing and lead vocals, Claire Schrickker as backup dancer, Ian Black on drums, Louis Coetzee on lead guitar and Fanie Schoeman as the MC.
* Tickets are R120. For bookings, call 021 979 1911 or 083 406 0111.