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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


It’s definitely a case of “long live The King” at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway when they present Elvis Forever, a tribute to the king of rock ‘n roll, Elvis Presley, from January 14.

He may be dead but his spirit is very much alive in the hip-swinging, velvet-voiced Shaky Russell. An Elvis award-winning performer, he had audiences all shook up in this show in 2009, as well as at the venue in 2005 and 2007 … so much so that he is making a comeback (not unlike the King himself) for two weeks only.

This charismatic singer has wowed audiences both nationally and internationally, and taking Memphis itself by storm was the ultimate accolade. Shaky is one of today’s supreme Elvis Presley tribute performers with a style and energy that resonates of The King himself. He doesn’t impersonate, nor does he imitate. "What I do is not a 'rip off' but a spectacular tribute. I don't talk to the audiences as Elvis, but about Elvis. I was bouncing to the tunes of Elvis before I could walk,” quips Shaky and with his very apt name, it seems pre-determined that his life was going to be intertwined with one of the world’s greatest musical legends. The Barnyard is now ready to shake, rattle and roll!

Elvis was one of the greatest singers and entertainers the world has ever known, and shook up the music industry for three decades before passing away in 1977 at the young age of 42. His death created a void in the hearts of music lovers the world over, and Elvis Forever aims to fill that gap by paying tribute to the legend that was Elvis - both the man and the performer.

This awesome tribute show is a non-stop nostalgic party that takes audiences back to an age of discovery, when people enjoyed life and rocked like there was no tomorrow. The show captures the onstage excitement of Elvis' greatest performances and energetically reproduces hits spanning the 50’s, 60’s and Vegas 70’s.

Audiences can expect to hear all their Elvis favourites including Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel, Don’t Be Cruel, Jailhouse Rock, Love Me Tender, It’s Now Or Never, Return To Sender, Suspicious Minds, Can’t Help Falling In Love, Always On My Mind and the goosebump-inducing American Trilogy.

Put on your Blue Suede Shoes and get ready to Shake Rattle & Roll, because this show promises to rock both young and old in true Elvis spirit!

Elvis Forever runs from January 14 to 26. Tickets R150pp Wednesday to Saturday (R115pp Tuesday nights and R100pp for Sunday matinee). For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or visit

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