3-8 August 2015
Reviewed by Emily Crombie
What an amazing show the audience was treated to last night at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow on the opening night of Love Me Tender, based on the book by Joe Dipietro and directed and choreographed by Karen Bruce.
Love Me Tender is the hilarious and feel good show starring 25 hits of the Rock and Roll legend, the King himself, Elvis Presley including Jailhouse Rock, One Night Without You, All Shook Up and Burning Love.
Elvis, born in Mississippi in 1935, hit stardom in the 50’s with many hits and he continues to be one of the major influences to this day reaching the number spot even after his death in 1977.
Presley’s hits tell the story of roustabout, Chad (Ben Lewis), who drives into the small Midwest Town where loud music and ‘immoral behaviour’ has been banned by Mayor Matilda Hyde (Sian Reeves) and with the power of music he turns it around. There are a series of love mismatches and unrequited love between the main characters before they realise who is ‘the one’ for them.
Mica Paris (Sylvia) has an amazing voice and stage presence and complements her eventual love, Jim played by Shaun Williamson of Eastenders fame. There is an element of cheese but the chemistry, energy and talent of all the performers on stage takes the show to another level.
I have to say Love Me Tender is one of the best musicals I have been to. Every member of the cast is a star!
The King’s Theatre is located on Bath Street in the Charing Cross area of Glasgow. It is within walking distance of Buchanan Bus station and Central and Queen Street railway stations or a short taxi ride. There is also on street parking in the vicinity. Although it opened in the early 1900’s the theatre has been kept up-to-date with comfortable seating. Full marks to the staff for opening the doors during the interval which kept the temperature pleasant throughout.
Tickets cost from £14.90 to £43.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Love Me Tender is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow until 8 August 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648