Monday, December 31, 9:15 p.m.
Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 Third Avenue, Rock Island IL
Fans of Elvis in all of his performance incarnations will find that they can't help falling in love with the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's special New Year's Eve treat, as the Rock Island venue hosts the December 31 concert event Remember the King: Celebrating the Music of Elvis Presley, a night of lip-curcling, hip-swiveling excitement boasting decades of iconic hits performed by touring tribute artist Robert Shaw.
Without including album reissues, the period of 1954 to 1978 found Presley's rock, country, blues, gospel, and seasonal discography composed of 108 singles, 30 extended-play singles, and 79 albums. And while it would be impossible for King's full musical output to be delivered in just one night, Remember the King finds Shaw performing dozens of Presley hits in a touring sensation composed of three distinct acts.
The concert's first portion finds Shaw playing “Young Elvis” in his 1950s heyday, when the pop idol was scoring number-one hits such as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Don't Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” “All Shook Up,” and “Jailhouse Rock.” Act II finds Shaw re-creating Presley in his legendary 1968 TV concert Singer Presents … Elvis (commonly referred to as the '68 Comeback Special), in which the music legend performed additional smashes, among them “Love Me Tender,” “Trouble,” “Guitar Man,” “Blue Christmas,” and “Can't Help Falling in Love.” And in Remember the King's third act, audiences will be treated to “The Vegas Years,” jumpsuits and all, with Shaw and his musicians replicating latter-day Elvis in such crowd favorites as “Suspicious Minds,” “Burning Love,” “Are you Lonesome Tonight,” and the Las Vegas favorite “My Way.”
An Indiana native, Shaw studied at Philadelphia's University of the Arts, performed with both the Chicago and New York casts of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet, and has performed nationally in venues including Disneyland and Oklahoma's esteemed Gaslight Theatre. In addition to Elvis, Shaw frequently plays touring engagements impersonating Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin, and both Jake and Elwood Blues of The Blues Brothers.
Door for the New Year's Eve performance of Remember the King: Celebrating the Music of Elvis Presley open at 7:30 p.m., with the buffet dinner available from 8 to 9 p.m. and the show starting at 9:15 p.m. Admission is $82-90, and more information and tickets are available by calling (309)786-7733 extension 2 or visiting Circa21.com.