Originally Published: August 23, 2018 8:17 p.m.
Or at least Lonely Street Productions’ Robert Shaw lives portraying Elvis Presley at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center saluting Presley’s 1968 Comeback Special this weekend. It’s the first time the show has been seen in Prescott for about nine or 10 years, Shaw said.
“We’ve been getting a lot of requests for it,” he said, also mentioning that 2018 is the special’s 50th anniversary. “The time was right for it.”
While there are some limitations to putting it on at the Elks Theatre, the company does a pretty serviceable job capturing the show’s spirit and capturing several iconic moments, Shaw said. Not only does it zero in on the black leather look, but it has a segment in the middle following the journey of a singer, a gospel medley segment and the sit-down section which Shaw said is the most iconic part. It emulates the intimate concert setting Presley had with his original band, the first time they had played together in almost a decade, he said.
The show is Saturday, Aug. 25. Starting at 7 p.m., it takes two hours that go by pretty fast, Shaw said. Further, it’s interesting to see the cross section of demographics, he said.
“For whatever reason, he’s still relevant,” Shaw said. “He’s still connecting with people.”
Tickets, which Shaw said are selling out fast, are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance. However, because of how fast the tickets are going, Shaw cautioned against waiting to buy them at the door.
One of his favorite moments of the show is the sit-down section, he said. They play around with the outline and keep it informal just like Presley and the band were doing in 1968.
For more information about the “Elvis: ’68 Comeback Special,” visit www.prescottelkstheater.com. The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St.