Culture: Elvis with 18-piece orchestra

Max Pellicano
Max Pellicano

Entertainer Max Pellicano said fate had led him to the role of Elvis Presley.

"As crazy as it sounds, I kept falling into the role [of Elvis]," Pellicano said.

"I worked as an actor and I was in this play called Bye Bye Birdie and I was playing this Elvis-type character.

"A producer saw me in the production and asked if I wanted to go to Hawaii and perform in this Elvis show, and I did.

"Another time I was in Hamlet and an actor said to me that he had watched an Elvis movie the night before and that I had looked like a G.I. Blues Elvis.

"It seems everything that I had done was to prepare me for this role," Pellicano said.

He will bring his latest show Elvis To The Max — The Orchestral Sessions to Castle Hill RSL Club on August 9.

Unlike other Elvis shows, Pellicano's features an 18-piece orchestra.

The entertainer said the show was inspired by a past Presley performance in Hawaii.

"It was the Aloha from Hawaii show," he said.

"I thought this is not going to sound right if we don't have the string section which Elvis had in his show.

"String section adds so much more to the songs."

To master the role of his famous character, Pellicano has read books about Presley, watched his movies and concerts and listened to his songs via tapes, records and CDs.

"I'm sure I have a doctorate degree in Elvis.

"I've learnt everything I could.

"I've worked with people that have worked with Elvis and got a lot of information about him from them."

Tickets cost $50.

■ Details: August 9 at Castle Hill RSL Club, 8858 4800, castlehillrsl.comau.

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