Musical tribute to cultural icon, Elvis Presley
DAVID Venn Enterprises (Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical, The Wedding Singer, Bring It On: The Musical) is thrilled to announce the cast and creative team for the professional premiere of Elvis: A Musical Revolution.
Penned by acclaimed international writers, Elvis: A Musical Revolution is a new bio-musical exploring the extraordinary life of award-winning cultural icon and rock ‘n’ roll superstar, Elvis Presley.
Following an extensive nation-wide talent search with over 700 applicants, theatre and television star Rob Mallett has been selected to play the iconic role of Elvis.
Growing up in Tasmania’s Huon Valley and working in his family’s apple orchard while on a performing arts school scholarship, Rob was initially set on joining the Defence Force when he realised his real passion was performing.
Since then, he hasn’t looked back, securing roles in main stage musicals such as Disney’s Aladdin, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Singin’ In The Rain, Les Misérables, and Australian television programs such as Home & Away and House Husbands.
“I have been influenced by people who have been influenced by Elvis and I didn’t even know it, he is so deeply ingrained in the fabric of our culture. It is an absolute honour to have the opportunity to play him,” says Rob.
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 ’68 Comeback Special. Featuring over 40 iconic Elvis Presley hit songs, audiences of all ages will have the chance to connect with the music of a generation that continues to have an undeniable cultural impact.
The Australian premiere will open at Sydney’s State Theatre, from 5 August, before rocking into Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre from 6 October.
David Venn Enterprises (DVE) is welcoming back a dream team of Australian creatives with Alister Smith as Director, Michael Ralph as Choreographer, and Daniel Puckey as Musical Director.
“I hope our production helps audiences see the man behind the myth and discover how a boy from humble beginnings can become the greatest icon of all time. It’s such a fascinating and inspiring story, and I couldn’t be more excited about our star! When Rob walked into the room, we knew it was him, even more with each scene, every song…the entire audition panel had goosebumps. His charisma and authenticity make him the perfect artist to play the King,” says Alister.
“It’s going to be an all-out spectacle of a show with over 40 of Elvis’ most loved songs performed by a knockout all Australian cast! Audiences of all ages are in for an unforgettable theatre experience.”
Other creative team members include Dan Potra as Set Designer, Isaac Lummis as Costume Designer, Declan O’Neill as Lighting Designer, David McKinnon as Video Designer, and Greg Ginger as Sound Designer. Mark Andrew has also joined the team as an Elvis consultant, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the production having toured the world as an Elvis tribute artist and working with people who knew Elvis Presley himself.
Performing the role of Elvis Presley’s mother Gladys is Noni McCallum (Come From Away, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Muriel’s Wedding), with Ian Stenlake (Sea Patrol, Stingers, Mamma Mia)