Rob Mallett As Elvis

Rebecca Varidel
6th Aug 2023

Rob Mallett as Elvis reached a new career best when Elvis A Musical Revolution opened in Sydney at the State Theatre last night. It's challenging to remember I last saw Mallett sugar sweetly starring in Sondheim's Nice Work If You Can Get It. Or hard to recognise him in this convincing edgy portrayal of the King Of Rock. Convincing enough, having won the role from 700 hopefuls in a nationwide Elvis search, that you could believe he made his living (which he doesn't) as a rocking Elvis Impersonator rather than an Actor of such diverse range and talent.

Moving. Memorable. Magnificent.

This biographical show is called Elvis A Musical Revolution for good reason, relating the moving rags to riches story of the white man who hit the top of the R&B, pop, and country charts all at one time with his unique musical fusion that changed music forever. Most of the Sydney audience (myself included) were too young to have witnessed at the time the huge influence Elvis imprinted on music - so the shifting years displayed on the set helped us jump the story's timeline back and forth through childhood, stardom and comeback.

"I have been influenced by people who have been influenced by Elvis and I didn't even know it, he is so deeply ingrained in the fabric of our culture. It is an absolute honour to have the opportunity to play him," says Rob Mallett.

Sensational costumes by Isaac Lummis and stunning showbiz lighting by Declan O'Neill set the memorable scene for his gyrating hips and thrusting pelvis. And for those tender family moments, as well as the magnificent TV takes. (Loved that TV camera filming and screening.) Who knew Elvis did a duet with Sinatra?

That's a big part of the magnificent magic, as the show covers so many musical genres. The crowd goes wild! Then there's the exciting dancing, with the hugely entertaining choreography by Michael Ralph, showcasing dance crazes true to the decades, a large part of the wow factor and the success of the show. Keep your eyes peeled for the dance moves - such as The Swim. So groovy! It's not Only Rock 'n' Roll (but I Like It).

"I hope our production helps audiences see the man behind the myth and discover how a boy from humble beginnings can become the greatest icon of all time. It's such a fascinating and inspiring story..." exclaims Director Alistair Smith.

Not just for Elvis fans. A stage show for everyone who loves music.