Elberace, a Hunk of Mincing Love at the Union Theatre: Review by Stephen Vowles

James Haslam is a consummate performer, and the fact that he shows great skill and flair when he is on stage proves he is demonstrating a sincere homage and respect for the real Elvis. It is no surprise that he won a Diversity Award at the recent Porthcawl Elvis Festival. James’s rapport with the audience is immediate encouraging enthusiastic participation – bringing nearly all his audience onto his stage. It’s all there: the gyrating hips, the lip curl, the arm movements, the shaking of the torso. This is an act of pure robust energy performed in a unique style. Upbeat, joyful and immense fun. Elberace works because Haslam has studied the man, the legend, and what Elvis stood for as an exceptional showman and the ‘King of Vegas’. Stand out numbers include Walk A Mile In My Shoes and Suspicious Minds. A fabulous show – and I’m sure James’s star will rise to great heights on the current cabaret circuit.



Elberace was reviewed on Monday 7 October at the Union Theatre, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR. 

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