The Elvis Years is not your usual tribute, it is a musical production that features a world class cast, authentic costumes, film footage and more than 50 songs.
On January 26 at 7.30pm, Mario Kombou, who has performed the show for 12 years, brings the theatrical experience to the City Hall in Salisbury.
“There are a lot of Elvis shows out there where it’s a guy in a jumpsuit recreating the Las Vegas stage of Elvis’ career, but we tell the story from the very beginning,” Mario said.
“We re-create certain iconic parts of his life and have about 15 costume changes.”
The audience can expect both a musical and a visual journey through ‘the king of rock and roll’s’ life, from poor truck-driving teenager, through the army, Hollywood and the legendary Las Vegas concerts, performing the greatest hits such as ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Suspicious Minds’ and one of Mario’s favourites: ‘If I Can Dream’.
“One of the appeals of Elvis is that there are so many songs that people can draw from,” Mario said.
“If you’re in a certain mood, there’s always a song that reflects that mood.”
Mario started singing when he was a kid, and Elvis was his biggest influence.
Years later, he put together a show with his band, but things did not really take off as Mario hoped.
Luckily, he was a trained actor as well and got a part in the West End musical ‘Jailhouse Rock’, which he did for about a year and a half before he, some of the original cast members and the musical director created The Elvis Years.
Twelve years on, the group tours all around the UK and has 70 shows lined up this year.
Mario has also performed the national anthem in front of 50,000 people at Twickenham Rugby Stadium and has appeared on Top of the Pops and GMTV.
Next up is Salisbury, and Mario said he looks forward to coming back to the city.
“I think the thing with Elvis fans is they’ll clump together and it’s like a big family reunion,” he said.
“Whenever you got back to these places you see familiar faces and people of all ages, young kids as well coming all dressed up.
“Even if you’re not a massive Elvis fan, you’ll still have a good time.”
After the show, Mario and the cast will be at the merchandise stalls to chat to fans and do signings.
For tickets and more information, visit http://www.cityhallsalisbury.co.uk/index.php?page=1946 or http://www.theelvisyears.com/.