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Sunday, August 31, 2014


(Doug Weich as Elvis)

(Review by Keith Millar)

NEWSFLASH! Reports were received last night that the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley had been sighted in the Durban suburb of Umbilo.

On closer investigation it was discovered that it was, in fact, the highly talented Elvis impersonator Doug Weich performing at the popular Rhumbelow Theatre in a fabulous, Las Vegas styled, tribute to the King.

Ballito-based Weich is regarded as one of the top Elvis Tribute Artists in the country. He has travelled widely, entertaining audiences with his interpretation of the music of one of the greatest artists of all time. Now he is back at the Rhumbelow Theatre, by popular demand, to present his new show, Elvis – The King: Now And Forever.

It is a wonderful rock and roll party of a show. It had the audience on their feet, dancing and shouting for more from beginning to end.

Weich is backed in this show by his very accomplished six piece MSG band and two female backing vocalists. The band is made up of some of Durban’s most proficient musicians. Led by musical director Nicole Couto-Leite and with Wade Wight (keyboards), Jill Murraybrown (bass), Graham Buckle (drums), Andy Turrell (lead guitar), and John Skuy (acoustic guitar/percussion). Backing vocals are by Marion Loudon and Tammy Saville.

Boy, can this combination rock! Their skilful and effervescent performance lays the perfect background for Weich to display his talents.

Weich has a strong and versatile voice. He is equally adept at displaying the sensitivity and emotion required for some of the slower ballads as he is with belting out the rock and roll hits. He also has all the moves and had female members of the audience squealing in delight at his hip movements.

His costumes are made for him by his wife. They are magnificent. Elvis himself would have been envious of them. He also has an easy self-effacing charm and relates very well with the audience.

The music speaks for itself. In the region of 28 of Elvis’ hits are performed during the show. It is hard to pick out highlights but my favourites were Heartbreak Hotel, My Way, American Trilogy, Jailhouse Rock and Suspicious Minds. Also worth mentioning is backing singers, Marion Loudon and Tammy Saville’s, high energy and sexy version of You’re The Devil In Disguise. These two are magnificent in their roles and contribute a huge amount to the show.

If you are in the mood for a party get yourself down to the Rhumbelow Theatre. Elvis - The King: Now and Forever is a slick and professional tribute to a musical icon. It will have you clapping and stomping along and dancing in the aisles. Certainly the King of Rock and Roll lives forever in our hearts.

The show runs at the Rhumbelow Theatre until September 7 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 20h00 and Sundays at 18h30. There is an extra matinee performance on September 7 at 14h00. The venues open 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner. Tickets R120 (lR100 pensioners) Block bookings of 8 or more for the first weekend only.

Take along food picnic baskets. Braais will be available at Rhumbelow in Durban. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Theatre is situated in Cunningham Avenue off Bartle Road.

Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland on 031 205 7602 (h) or 082 499 8636, email or or visit – Keith Millar