Event Showcase: Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Melissa Western will entertain audiences across the Sunshine Coast later this month with her show ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ which is a re-imagining of the works by Elvis Presley. Photo: Contributed   

THE WORK of Elvis Presley will be gracing the stage at the Coolum Civic Centre for just one night only on Saturday, March 23 and this event is unlike any other ‘Elvis’ inspired show with Elvis ‘reimagined’ by Melissa Western.  

If that name sounds familiar then it is as chanteuse Melissa Western was the voice behind the recent sold-out show – 1954: Ella, Etta and Eartha and now Melissa is paying a heartfelt homage to the legendary Elvis Presley.  

Melissa is renowned for her compelling stage presence and velvety voice and is returning to the Sunshine Coast this March with this very special production,  

In this captivating tribute, Melissa delves into the extensive musical repertoire and cinematic legacy of the one and only King of Rock and Roll.  With meticulous research and unparalleled musical talent, Melissa brings Elvis’s music and acting career to life in this new production.  

Melissa explained that the idea for the show came from a conversation with friends Chris and Susan Osborne of Australian Modern.  

“At their suggestion, I dove into the world of Elvis Presley and promptly fell in love with the music and life story of this extraordinary man.  

“Elvis’ career marked a turning point not just in popular music but in race relations, celebrity, politics and sexuality.”  

Melissa further stated that more than just the music will be on display throughout the show.  

“I lovingly unpack some of the stories and backgrounds of this iconic figure and delight in sharing all his well-loved tunes in my own style.  

“Performing for Sunshine Coast audiences is always a treat, and I can’t wait to bring this show to the region.”  

Spanning 31 movies from Love Me Tender (1956) to Change of Habit (1969), Elvis’ filmography faced criticism for witless jokes and ludicrous narratives. However, no one could deny the enduring magnetism and talent of the King, especially through the timeless music featured in his films. 

Melissa’s velvety tone will be complemented by her exceptional band, which includes Dave McGuire on guitar, Chris Pearson on bass and Jordan Cant on drums.  

Together they will transport audiences on a silver sequinned trip down memory lane as they reimagine the ever-popular songs made famous by Elvis Presley.  

Critics have lauded Melissa’s performances as ‘feisty’ and ‘highly enjoyable,’ praising her ‘vast and versatile’ aptitude for music.  

Sunshine Coast Performance Dates 

Maleny Community Centre – Thursday, March 21, 7pm  

Coolum Civic Centre – Saturday, March 23, 7pm  

Eudlo Hall – Sunday, March 24, 4pm  

Event details and tickets are available at www.redchair.com.au  

The Are You Lonesome Tonight?  Sunshine Coast tour is presented by local performing arts company Red Chair with the support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. This initiative was supported through the Creative Industries Investment Program and is jointly funded by ArtsCoast through Sunshine Coast Council’s Art and Heritage Levy and the Regional Arts Development Fund in partnership with Queensland Government.  

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