Zimbabwe: Elvis Music In Town

The timeless music of Elvis Presley will be the focus of a brand new musical production in Harare, to be staged at Reps Theatre in late August and early September. Elvis Lives is the production, to be directed by award-winning actor and singer David Smith. It will feature nearly 30 of Elvis' most famous songs and will be a tribute to the late "king of rock and roll," who died in August 1977 at the young age of 42. "I am a great Elvis fan and I know that many other people are, too, so while this show will appeal to them in particular, we know that his music has great appeal across the broadest spectrum of audiences and this show will, therefore, be widely popular," said Smith. The first half of the show will feature younger singers presenting Elvis songs from the 1950s and early 1960s, while the second half will feature David Smith as Elvis in a "live concert" presentation with a seven-piece live backing band. The show opens on Tuesday, August 29 and will close on Saturday, September 9, with a total of 10 performances. Booking is now open at The Spotlight. Also on stage will be 5Star boy band members Alex Fairlie and Josh Ansley, as well as Rowland Amm and Steve Theron and two female singers -- Ellena Kupusa Smith and Adiona Maboreke.
Source: The Zimbabwe Independent / Updated: Aug 12, 2006 
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You Dont Know Me (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 14, 2006report abuse
sad that Mugabees only 'nice part' is that he likes Elvis and this doesn't make up for all his other 9/10 despicable qualities.
SendToTodd (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 13, 2006report abuse
I think it unwise to link the cherished name of Elvis Presley to that of Robert Mugabe. Mugabe is just as evil as that other, now deposed African dictator Idi Amin, who also claimed to be the world's number 1 Elvis fan. Both of these clowns rank along side Hitler in the House of Horrors Hall of Fame.
Bill E. Burk (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 12, 2006report abuse
This is probably because Zimbabwi president Robert Mugabe has long described himself as "the world's #1 Elvis fan." I met Mugabe in Ireland in 1982 when he was there on a state visit. We were introduced "because" he was told a friend of Elvis' (me) was in the next room. Mugabe has been a reader of our Elvis World magazine since #5 ! He is by far even a bigger fan that Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, who was here in Memphis in June to visit Graceland.

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