Label: Entertainment Radio Inc. - NC-007-U2 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album, Compilation, Limited Edition, Promo, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Punk, Alternative Rock
Featuring a rich catalogue of 's rock'n'roll classics, Jailhouse Rock The Musical tells the story of Vince Everett, a young man from the wrong side of the tracks who discovers his own unique musical talent whilst doing time in jail and emerges to become the world's greatest rock'n'roll star, only to discover that he isn't ready for the pressures that money and fame can bring.
The show also charts the development of rock'n'roll from its roots in blues and country music and will feature a mix of musical styles alongside a host of popular rock'n'roll hits which will appeal to all theatregoers, with plenty of classic hits to satisfy Elvis fans! Based on the motion picture Jailhouse Rock originally produced by Pandro S.
A Fool Such as I and many more. When the name Elvis is never mentioned, though his presence ghosts through the entire evening. And when the title song Jailhouse Rock, is never sung, because the producers could not get permission for its inclusion from the late singer's estate In such circumstances you might expect it to be a disaster. But adversity has worked in its favour.
Instead of getting the usual 30 greatest Elvis hits, more effort has been put by writing and directing team Rob Bettison and Alan Janes into finding less well-worn Presley numbers Sure, the acting is patchy and some of the script really hackneyed.
But as the story gains momentum the impeccable performance of 23 songs glosses over the defects In a young best-of-British cast, Mario Kombou is short on charisma but long on looks and voice in the Elvis role - he's a terrific Presley impersonator.
A cluster of encores on opening night had the audience singing along and bopping in the aisles. I predict it will become a regular occurrence at what's the most exciting rock'n'roll party in town. Denied the film's Leiber and Stoller songs the writers have their own show in mindthe director Rob Bettinson and his co-writer Alan Janes cram in more than 20 numbers.
On stage as Vince, Mario Kombou is more puppy dog than hound dog, strutting through a tune but never interpreting a song. A dynamic Gilz Terera as his victimised friend emerges as the production's real star while the cast are happier playing their wailing harmonicas, plangent slide guitars, boogie-woogie piano and Stomp-like percussion than sporting American accents.
The film featured Elvis as Vince Everett, a hothead Jailhouse Rock - Various - Spin Radio Underground Show kills a man and ends up in prison, where he's taught how to play the guitar by a country singer jailbird. On his release, Vince finds fame and fortune the hard way. But hang on. Most of the Leiber and Stoller songs aren't even in this stage version, Hazme Un Hombre (Build Me A Man) - Bhen Lanzaroni With The Bob Crewe Generation Orchestra - In Class the title number.
Instead, what you get is an all-purpose Elvis jukebox anthology with such hits as Blue Suede Shoes that weren't in the film. That wouldn't matter if the show really did shake, rattle and roll but, instead, it creaks. Mario Kombou is a sulky Elvis clone with a good voice but zilch charisma.
For hardcore Elvis fans, however, it's one night with him and it's all they're living for. Rob Bettinson has reworked the famous Elvis movie without, alas, getting the rights for the title number.
Nevertheless, he Jailhouse Rock - Various - Spin Radio Underground Show the story of Vince, the boy from the slums who has attitude, kills his rival in love and gets ten years in the state Jailhouse Rock - Various - Spin Radio Underground Show , where he learns how to Everlasting Bass - DJ Kurious, DJ Spade - The First Expedition Volume 1 the guitar from his jail-mate.
He's soon accomplished enough to sing his fellow jailbirds to sleep with his rendition of Are You Lonesome Tonight? Bettinson works hard to show the social and musical background - the racism, the negro spirituals, the Country and Western - from which rock 'n' roll emerged. But nothing can disguise the fact that this is a meagre karaoke night, a slow build-up to a stand-up singalong. Until then, Mario Kombou does his smouldering best, but the King he I Have Found What You Are Like - Various - Short Poetry Collection 16 (All Media, MP3, MP3) Which leaves Vince's chum, Quickly Gilz Terera with a fabulous voiceto steal a pretty poor show.
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