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Elvis lives!

Published on May 3rd 2005.

The Lowry provided conclusive proof that the King is very much alive and kicking on Friday night as they showcased a night of hip shimmying, lip wobbliness.

Sing-Along-a-Elvis starred two of the North West’s best Elvis impersonators – Scouse Elvis and Mancunian Elvis, both found alive and well in chip shops in the region and delivered to the Lowry in a black cab.

The Lowry was on Love Me tenterhooks before the show as Elvis wig and sideburn wearers filled out the theatre’s bar before setting blue suede shoe-clad feet inside the theatre.

All the classics were here - A Big Hunk o' Love , Can't Help Falling in Love , (You're the) Devil in Disguise , Don't Be Cruel , Hound Dog , Caught In A Trap - as the show rattled through Elvis’ life from new kid on the block through to the Vegas days, which included a rendition of show stopper Caught in a Trap. The show even featured later re-released songs like A Little Less Conversation just in case some of the younger members of the audience hadn’t recognised any of the earlier stuff.

On-screen lyrics allowed those who didn’t know the words so well the chance to - as the title of the show suggests - sing a long with Elvis, while an accompanying bag of goodies added a bit of extra fun to proceedings. Elvis songs have never sounded so good with a kazoo style trumpet and a plastic hand clapper to go with them.

Crowd participation was a big part of the night, not that we needed any encouragement, with dance moves being taught from the stage, all a bit too complicated for the simpler members of the audience. A bit of on stage activity saw a victorious Bez-style Elvis win the dancing competition. All in all, quite an entertainer, particularly after 15 pints of Stella, although none of the audience were quite sure how the kid in the black jumpsuit with more moves than Michael Jackson failed to win.

The Lowry
Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ
Telephone: 0870 787 5780
email: info@thelowry.com
web: www.thelowry.com

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