Elvis is coming back to the Goldie

It was the location for the filming of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis movie and now the Gold Coast will be home to a new musical about The King.

Jun 14, 2024, updated Jun 14, 2024
The hit show Elvis A Musical Revolution is about to hit the stage at HOTA on the Gold Coast : photo by Daniel Boud

The hit show Elvis A Musical Revolution is about to hit the stage at HOTA on the Gold Coast : photo by Daniel Boud

There’s something about the show Elvis: A Musical Revolution that particularly tickles Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate’s fancy. It’s a short sentence promoting the show.  It won’t be going to Brisbane.

That means Elvis lovers, and there are many, will have to head to HOTA (Home of the Arts) at Surfers Paradise to see the show which is on from June 15.

Playing for four weeks only, Elvis fans from all over the sunshine state will converge on the glitter strip to experience this high energy production featuring breathtaking choreography and over 40 of The King’s hit songs.

David Abbinanti and Sean Cercone have written the book for the musical, with Abbinanti composing the orchestrations, arrangements and additional music and lyrics. Together they have worked on a slew of hit internationally touring musicals including Saturday Night Fever: The Musical and Ghost: The Musical.

The show is authorised by Elvis Presley Enterprises and supported by Experience Gold Coast.

“What’s not to love about a night with Elvis,” Mayor Tom Tate says. “Prepare to be mesmerised by this dazzling musical as an all-Australian cast take to the stage at our very own HOTA, Home of the Arts.

“For the Gold Coast to secure this wonderful Queensland exclusive is testament to our city’s growing arts and cultural credentials. Get out your blue suede shoes and I’ll see you at HOTA.”

The Australian premiere production features an all-Australian cast, including a host of triple-threat Queenslanders.

Gold Coast talent Jo-Anne Jackson (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) is thrilled to be bringing the show home to where she began a music career that saw her perform on festival stages and support major international acts. Jo-Anne plays real life gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Ian Stenlake (Stingers, Sea Patrol, Mamma Mia) performs the role of Elvis’ manager Colonel Parker. Stenlake grew up in the outback Queensland town of Barcaldine.

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Triple threat ensemble members Lauren Jimmieson and William Motunuu both originally hail from Brisbane, and cannot wait to see their families in the audience as they perform a variety of high-energy roles in the show. Meanwhile, electric ensemble member Callum Marshall grew up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Mainstage and television star Rob Mallett (Home & Away, Aladdin, Singin’ in the Rain) will continue to shine in the iconic role of Elvis Presley after receiving rave reviews and securing the role from over 700 applicants.

Presented in partnership with Authentic Brands Group (Authentic), owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises, the musical explores pivotal moments in Elvis’ life from his childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi through to his triumphant 1968 Comeback Special.

The musical features over 40 iconic Elvis Presley hits, such as Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog, That’s All Right, All Shook Up, Suspicious Minds, Heartbreak Hotel, Burning Love, Blue Suede Shoes, Good Rockin’ Tonight, Don’t Be Cruel, Are You Lonesome, Return to Sender, Teddy Bear, A Big Hunk O’ Love, See See Rider, Can’t Help Falling In Love, A Little Less Conversation, Guitar Man and more.

Elvis is still part of the zeitgeist and continues to have an undeniable cultural impact and this musical celebrates that. Oh, and did we mention it won’t be coming to Brisbane and you will have to go to the Gold Coast to see it? Which is a coincidence considering it was the Goldie where Baz Luhrmann made his acclaimed Elvis movie. Just saying.

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