2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest Winner Dean Z Joins Touring Cast
Las Vegas, Nev. – September 10, 2013 – On Stage Touring, LLC, in association with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE), announced today that it will kick off the 2013/2014 touring season of the acclaimed theatrical attraction ELVIS LIVES® “THE ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST EVENT” in Folsom, Calif. on October 7, 2013. Dean Z, the newly crowned 2013 winner of EPE’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest will join the touring cast of ELVIS LIVES during its winter 2014 engagements. American Express® will be providing marketing support and giving fans priority access to tickets for the tour. As of today, 18 markets are booked for the tour with more to be added.
After a highly successful 2012/2013 touring season that performed for over 100,000 fans in 65 cities across North America, the demand is greater than ever from communities requesting that the ELVIS LIVES tour be presented in their markets. The tour will begin for a week of performances in October and resume in the New Year. This fourth annual production of ELVIS LIVES will then embark on a schedule that will visit dozens of cities beginning in early January for the first half of 2014. It will be presented in many new cities across the United States as well as returning to several fan favorite markets for the second and third time.
ELVIS LIVES, which continues to capture the imaginations and interests of fans of all types including Broadway, concert and Elvis aficionados, is an unforgettable multi-media and live musical journey across Elvis’ life featuring finalists from EPE’s annual worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, each representing Elvis during different stages in his career. For the October engagements the Elvis Tribute Artists will be comprised of Bill Cherry (1st place 2009), Ben Klein (2nd Place 2011), Kevin Mills (2nd place 2010) and Leo Days (Finalist 2009). They will be joined by a live band, back-up singers and dancers, along with an Ann-Margret tribute artist, as well as iconic media and imagery made available from the Graceland archives including a never-before-seen exhibit of life-size images of Elvis’ stage-wear that will be on display in the lobby of each theater hosting a performance.
The kick-off in Folsom, Calif. will feature three shows followed by four performances in Fort Collins, Colo. The nationwide tour resumes in January 2014 with performances in dozens of markets. The principals for the entire cast for 2014 will be announced soon. It will be comprised of finalists of EPE’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and will include 2013 contest winner Dean Z, who won the competition against finalists from 29 cities across four continents.
“The partnership between On Stage Touring and EPE provides the only authentic touring showcase of Elvis tribute artists for fans who want to experience the music and live performance charisma of one of the most popular recording artists in history,” said Brian Brigner, Chief Operating Officer of On Stage. “Our thriving production showcases each performer portraying Elvis in one of four eras: the 1950s, 1960s, his movie career and his concert years, so it is the complete musical package.”
“We are very pleased that ELVIS LIVES continues to delight audiences from coast to coast and that even more Elvis fans will be given the opportunity to see these talented entertainers in these expanded markets,” said Kevin Kern, Director of Public Relations for EPE. “We are especially delighted that the latest Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Dean Z, will be joining the tour in January.”
The list of performance dates booked to date follow at the end of this release.
Visit http://www.elvislivestour.com/ to see updated performance dates and markets for the 2013/2014 tour of ELVIS LIVES and to purchase tickets directly from individual theaters, or contact your local authorized box office or official ticketing agency. American Express Cardmembers receive access to American Express Seating. Preferred Seating is also available to eligible Cardmembers.
ELVIS LIVES fans are also invited to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a seven-day cruise for two in an ocean view stateroom on board the Norwegian Epic. For more information, visit http://www.elvislivestour.com/.
On Stage Enterprises, producers of Elvis Lives, continues to be represented by Columbia Artists Theatricals to further develop and expand the markets for the tour. Contact info: [email protected] and 917.206.4600. For more information visit: http://www.columbiaartiststheatricals.com/.
About On Stage Touring, LLC
Elvis Lives is produced by On Stage Touring, LLC, subsidiary of the same company that produces Legends in Concert, which began in 1983 with a limited six-week engagement in Las Vegas, and now celebrates 30 years of success. Featuring live re-creations of superstars of yesterday and today, with performers singing with their own natural voices and backed by a live rockin’ band and the Legends singers and dancers, Legends in Concert is a one-of-a-kind concert experience. The success of the show has afforded On Stage Enterprises the ability to bring the live celebrity tribute spectacular to many tourist markets. In addition to Las Vegas, On Stage produces Legends shows in such markets as Atlantic City, Myrtle Beach, Branson, in Waikiki at the Royal Hawaiian Theater, in Foxwoods Resort Casino, and on the high seas aboard the Norwegian EPIC. For more information on Legends and On Stage, visit http://www.legendsinconcert.com/
About Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE), a division of CORE Media Group, Inc., is based in Memphis, with additional offices in Los Angeles. In addition to Graceland and its related attractions in Memphis, including the Heartbreak Hotel, EPE is aggressively involved in a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, music publishing, and television, film, video and Internet projects. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.elvis.com.
2013 ELVIS LIVES SCHEDULE
October 7 – Folsom, California – Harris Center
October 8 – Folsom, California – Harris Center (two shows)
October 10 – Fort Collins, Colorado – Lincoln Center
October 11 – Fort Collins, Colorado – Lincoln Center
October 12 – Fort Collins, Colorado – Lincoln Center (two shows)
2014 ELVIS LIVES SCHEDULE (more to be added)
January 4 – Savannah, Georgia – Johnny Mercer Theatre
January 6 – Reading, Pennsylvania – Sovereign Center
January 7 – Charleston, West Virginia – Clay Center
January 8 – Evansville, Indiana – The Centre
January 9 – Fort Wayne, Indiana – Embassy Theatre
January 10 – Madison, Wisconsin – Overture Center for the Arts
January 11 – Omaha, Nebraska – Orpheum Theater
January 13 – Pueblo, Colorado – Memorial Auditorium
January 15 – Midland, Texas – Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
January 16 – Fort Worth, Texas – Bass Performance Hall
January 17 – Houston, Texas – Jones Hall
January 18 – Houston, Texas – Jones Hall
January 21 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Paramount Theatre
January 23 – Topeka, Kansas – Topeka Performing Arts Center
January 25 – Rosemont, Illinois – Akoo Theatre
February 7-18 – Branson, Missouri – Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater