ELVIS - The Musical
Tuesday, 12/03/2024 / 08:00 PM / Konzerthaus Freiburg (Concert hall)
His look, his voice, his legendary hip swing: With one billion records sold, Elvis Presley is considered the most successful solo artist of all time. "ELVIS - The Musical" is packed with all his great hits and a unique journey through the life of the rock'n'roll icon. Since the tour premiere in 2014, the successful production has already thrilled more than half a million spectators and will return to stages in Germany and Austria in 2024 on a big anniversary tour to mark the 10th anniversary of the tour.
Elvis Aaron Presley, born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, became the "King of Rock'n'Roll" and the most important representative of rock and pop culture of the 20th century in the course of his incomparable career. Presley gave his last concert in June 1977, before officially passing away only a short time later on August 16 from a sudden cardiac arrest at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee. But his death is still surrounded by legends and myths that make the "King" unforgettable to this day. For his fans he still lives - at least in their hearts.
An impressive homage to the "King of Rock'n'Roll"
Emotional, powerful-voiced and rousing: With "ELVIS - The Musical," audiences can experience the idol of an entire generation up close once again at various stages of his life. From the first studio recording as a gift for his mother, through the beginnings with Sam Philipps at Sun Records and the first published single "That's All Right" in 1954, to the superlative concert "Aloha from Hawaii" in 1973 in the Honolulu International Center Arena, which was the first concert by a solo artist to be broadcast via satellite to more than 40 countries around the world and achieved a higher viewing rate in the USA than the first moon landing a few years earlier.
The two-and-a-half-hour live spectacle brings the magic surrounding the rock'n'roll icon back to the stage, presenting Elvis Presley's entire musical repertoire live - from gospel to blues to uninhibited rock'n'roll - and impressively revisiting his life.
The "best Elvis performer since Elvis" and the seven-member "Las Vegas Showband"
With Grahame Patrick, the homage to the "King" has the world's "best Elvis performer since Elvis" in its ranks. When he steps into the spotlight in the world-famous white jumpsuit and other true-to-the-original outfits, you might think you're seeing Elvis Presley in the flesh on stage. Grahame Patrick also shines with an impressively great vocal closeness to the original, which he proves again and again in the course of the show.
He is accompanied by first-class singers, actors, showgirls and the seven-piece "Las Vegas Showband", who create an unforgettable musical experience - and of course all the hits are interpreted live: From "Love Me Tender" to "Jailhouse Rock" to "Suspicious Minds," but also gospel songs like "Why me, Lord?" and "How Great Thou Art," whose live version in Memphis won a Grammy Award in 1974. Elaborate choreographies, play scenes as well as original film sequences lead through Elvis? life and round off the show spectacle. Life and round off the show spectacle wonderfully.
Companions and contemporary witnesses make the show unique
In addition to the outstanding protagonists, "ELVIS - The Musical" also gets its uniqueness from the involvement of real contemporary witnesses and companions. Ed Enoch, leader of the legendary "The Stamps Quartet", was on stage with Elvis at over 1,000 concerts from 1971 to 1977 and sang at his funeral. The Stamps Quartet is the oldest professional gospel quartet in United States history that is still active. In 2024, Ed Enoch will again support the show live with his "Stamps." Also included is original film and photo footage from Elvis' former tour manager and concert photographer Ed Bonja (+). He supported producer Bernhard Kurz and tour organizer Oliver Forster not only with his Elvis photographs and recordings but also with his insider knowledge already during the creation of the musical.